Good clinical practice (GCP) is the international standard for conducting clinical research.

Melbourne Health researchers - Is your GCP training current?

Face-to-face GCP training is mandatory for ALL MH members of MH research teams from 1 July 2019.

Face to face GCP training sessions are open to Melbourne Health staff and external persons. The sessions are conducted on-site at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Grattan Street Parkville. Fees may apply.

Access to online GCP training is available for Melbourne Health staff and University of Melbourne MDRP students attending MH only.

GCP training requirements for MH staff

Face-to-face GCP training is mandatory for ALL MH members of MH research teams.

MH has implemented the requirement that ALL members of Melbourne Health research teams, including Principal Investigators, Associate Investigators, Research Nurses and Research Coordinators/Managers, conducting research at MH hold current, formal GCP certification training.

The GCP training must meet the minimum criteria set out by TransCelerate Biopharma Inc. and appears on the list of courses located on the TransCelerate Biopharma Inc. website.

Face-to-face training provides interactive and stimulating learning where researchers can ask questions relevant to their studies and experiences, challenge information and receive instant feedback.

Note, University of Melbourne MDRP students attending MH may complete online training in place of face-to-face training.

Fees

The following fees and conditions apply to face-to-face training provided by the Office for Research.

Attendee typeFee (ex. GST)*
Melbourne Health employeeNo fee
Student$75
External person (i.e. non-MH employee)$189

* Note:

  • Fees incur GST and a service fee from Eventbrite
  • Fees may change without notice

Cancellation conditions

  • MH employees: Cancellation of the booking will not attract a fee if notification is received at least 24 hours prior the session. Bookings may be transferred to another session if request to transfer is received at least 24 hours prior to commencement of the session. Non-attendance will incur a $50 fee unless the booking has been canceled, or request to transfer is received, at least 24 hours prior to commencement of the session.
  • External persons and students: canceled booking will not receive a refund. Bookings may be transferred to another session if request to transfer is received at least 2 days prior to commencement of the session at no extra cost.

Face-to-face GCP training schedule

Tuesday 2 July, 10:00 am - 1:00 pmSession Full
Thursday 18 July, 9:00 am - 12:00 pmSession Full
Wednesday 21 August, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pmSession Full
Tuesday 17 September, 9:00 am - 12:00 pmSession Full
Tuesday 15 October, 9:00 am - 12:00 pmSession Full
Wednesday 20 November, 9:00 am - 12:00 pmBook Here
Tuesday 10 December, 9:00 am - 12:00 pmBook Here

Standby list

Once a course has reached maximum capacity a standby list will commence. To add your name to the standby list please email your name and requested session to sarah.rickard@mh.org.au.
As places are limited, if you have registered for a course, but are unable to attend please email sarah.rickard@mh.org.au to cancel your registration so the place can be allocated to a person on the standby list. Refer to cancellation conditions.

Online training

MH will accept online training in available in the following instances:

MH employees: where the required start time on a study does not permit attendance at a face to face training session. Subsequent face to face training must be completed within 3 months if the date of online training. Access to online training requires approval from the Research Governance Manager.

Students: Only University of Melbourne MDRP students undertaking activities at MH may complete an online GCP training managed by the Office for Research. The MH student supervisor, or the student (with cc to MH student supervisor), should contact the MH Manager Research Governance and Audit by email at sarah.rickard@mh.org.au to request online training. Please include confirmation that the MDRP student is undertaking activities at MH, the host department and provide the students MH email address. There is no cost for online training.

Quick reference information to complement GCP

IQVIA (formally Quintiles) have provided handy information cards to assist researchers and research coordinators in management of their studies. These cards have been provided by IQVIA to Melbourne Health because we are IQVIA's prime site in Australia. Reading these cards is for information only and does not constitute GCP certified training.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • These cards are IQVIA’s proprietary information and should not be removed from Melbourne Health or shared with any third party.
  • The documents are an aid and do not replace any regulatory documents or Melbourne Health SOPs.
  • These materials do not constitute legal advice.

If you have any questions regarding the content of these cards, please contact your IQVIA study Monitor or the Office for Research at researchgovernance@mh.org.au.


GCP Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Guideline?

Good clinical practice (GCP) is the international standard for conducting clinical research and provides a framework for ensuring participants rights safety and well-being are protected and the data generated is credible. The GCP guideline details the requirements for stakeholder responsibilities, participant consent, documentation, protocols and amendments, requirements such as indemnity, reporting lines for adverse events and provision of medical care for trial participants. Originally developed for pharmaceutical trials, this guidance has become known as the “Good Clinical Practice” (GCP) guideline has becoming widely adopted as the standard for all clinical research.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has also adopted the International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceutical for Human Use (ICH) GCP guidelines in Australia. The TGA has provided advice on the guideline relevant to the Australian context on the TGA website.

Who needs GCP training?

All MH researchers conducting clinical research at MH must hold current, formal GCP certification training. This includes Principal Investigators, Associate Investigators, Research Nurses and Coordinators/Managers.

Does the requirement for GCP training apply only to researchers conducting clinical trials?

No; all members of MH researcher teams conducting clinical research at MH must hold current, formal GCP certification training. This include the study principal investigator, associate investigators, research nurses and coordinators, data managers.

The clinical research may be Quality Assurance studies, retrospective audits, clinical research or clinical trials.

How can I access the GCP Guideline

Click here to access the current GCP guideline (revision 2) from the International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceutical for Human Use (ICH) website.

What type of GCP courses are available at Melbourne Health?

Face-to-face and online GCP training courses are available.

Face-to-face training

Face to face GCP training is mandatory for all MH members of MH research teams.

MH run training sessions and online training is available via the Office for Research.

Face-to-face training is provided on site at MH and is the preferred training method as the sessions are interactive and researchers can ask questions that are applicable to their research study.

Research staff that complete online training may be asked to complete face-to-face GCP training prior to the expiry of their current GCP certificate.

Online training

Melbourne Health also has access to an online training program which is available to MH employees and University of Melbourne MDRP students undertaking activities at MH.

For students - the MH student supervisor, or the student (with cc to MH student supervisor), should contact the MH Manager Research Governance and Audit by email at sarah.rickard@mh.org.au to request online training. Please include confirmation that the MDRP student is undertaking activities at MH, the host department and provide the students MH email address. There is no cost for online training.

How do I access GCP training?

Via the Melbourne Health Office for Research

You can book into a training session using the links on this page.

For online training and queries, email the Manager Research Governance and Audit at sarah.rickard@mh.org.au.

Other courses*

MH research staff are also able to access face to face GCP training from external training providers. The MH Office for Research is not responsible for payment of fees incurred from external training.

*Remember to ensure that any GCP training you complete meets MH requirements i.e. is face to face and meets the minimum criteria set out by TransCelerate Biopharma Inc. and that the training provider appears on the list of courses on TransCelerate Biopharma Inc. web page.

What GCP training is acceptable

MH has adopted the minimum standards defined by TransCelerate Biopharma Inc. to recognise GCP training courses that contain material meeting the minimum criteria agreed to by its member organisations. Acceptable GCP training courses are those listed on TransCelerate Biopharma Inc.

What do I do with my GCP certificate

Principal Investigators (PI) are required to provide evidence that all MH researchers and staff involved in the conduct of a research study at MH are appropriately qualified, including holding current GCP certification. Therefore, you should:

  1. File the GCP certificate in your training record;
  2. Provide a copy of the GCP certificate to the PI and/or coordinator for each clinical research project that you are involved in; and
  3. Forward a copy of the GCP certificate to the Office for Research.

GCP certificates for all MH researcher team members should be included in the study research governance application submitted to the Office for Research.

How long does GCP certification last?

GCP certification is valid for three years unless the certification period stated on the GCP certificate is less than 3 years.

  • For instance, if the certificate does not specify an expiry date, MH recognises GCP certification for three years.
  • If the certificate states a two-year expiry date, then GCP training will be required after two years.
What happens when my GCP certification expires?

If you are still involved in clinical research at MH, then you will need to update your GCP training by completing another GCP training course, this may be a refresher course.

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