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Good Documentation Practices and ALCOA-C

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Program/Course ID: CP005a
Enrollment Period: 6 months.
Average Learning Time: ~60 minutes.
Additional Resources: Supplemental materials/activities.
Method of Training: Online, Asynchronous, Self-paced eLearning.
Accessibility: 24/7 access to all program materials.
Credit Hours: 2 credits.
Catalog: Clinical Trials Management and Monitoring.
Demonstration: Five (5) free trial courses are available.
Group/Employee Training: Click here to request a quote.
Final Assessment: Multiple choice; unlimited attempts.
Certificate: PDF with validation code (See sample).
  Price: $199.00 USD  

Document your dedication to quality, compliance, safety, and job performance by earning a training certification.

Training Program: Good Documentation Practices and ALCOA-C
Training Provided By: Biopharma Institute

Schedule: Self-paced. Immediate access to training materials upon enrollment.

Biopharma Institute ReviewsIn this course, you will learn about Good Documentation Practices, including the ALCOA-C principles, notes to file, and other general documentation procedures. Good Documentation Practices are necessary to ensure product quality and product safety.

This course includes the following resources:
1. ALCOA-C Exercises Workbook
2. Why Good Documentation Practices Handout
3. Six Key Elements of Quality Data Handout
4. Investigator Warning Letter
5. Sponsor Warning Letter
6. NTF Warning Letter

This course can be used alone or as part of the full curriculum.

Certification Requirements: Students must view the entire course and successfully pass an online, multiple-choice final assessment within a 6-month period, or a 12-month period for professional certification programs. A certificate of completion is immediately accessible in PDF format after satisfying the requirements.

Biopharma Institute certificates and digital badges include the date of completion, but do not have an expiration date. However, compliance training is typically considered valid for a period of 3 years. Many organizations suggest that compliance training should be refreshed at least every three years to stay up to date with regulations, standards, guidelines, and to reinforce the importance of maintaining compliance. The validity period for employee compliance training would be determined by those responsible for managing quality assurance.

Biopharma Institute's online training courses include immediate access after enrollment. Username, password, and instructions are emailed to the student directly following online enrollment into the program. Course takers may attempt the final assessment any number of times, as needed, to achieve a passing score. The certificate of completion is instantaneously launched and made available to the student in a PDF format upon completion.

Once all training requirements have been satisfied the achievement can be verified from our website using the unique ID code found on the certificate. Professional certification programs issue a digital badge to verify training and document the achievement. These digital badges can be displayed on social networking sites, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Badgr.


1. Overview of Good Documentation Practices
a. Importance of Good Documentation Practices (GDP)
b. Why are Good Documentation Practices Important?
c. Essential Documentation
d. 6 Reasons Why We Do What We Do... for Good Documentation Practices
f. ICH E6 R2: 4.9.0
g. Good Documentation Practices Apply; Regardless of Media Used

2. A is for Attributable
a. ALCOA-C Exercises 1a & 1b
b. Attributable
c. GDP Tips

3. L is for Legible
a. ALCOA-C Exercise 2a & 2b
b. Legible
c. GDP Tips related to Legible

4. C is for Contemporaneous
a. ALCOA-C Exercise 3
b. Contemporaneous
c. GDP Tips Related to Contemporaneous

5. O is for Original
a. ALCOA-C Exercise 4a & 4b
b. Original
c. Certified Copies & When They Are Used
d. Certified Copies for Paper or Manual Print-outs
e. Certified Copies for Paper or Print-outs from an Electronic Record
f. Copies from an Electronic System

6. A is for Accurate
a. ALCOA-C Exercise 5
b. Accurate
c. GDP Tips Related to Accurate

7. C is for Complete
a. ALCOA-C Exercise 6
b. Complete
c. GDP Tips Related to Complete

8. General Procedures for GDP
a. Six Key Elements of Quality Data
b. Electronic Forms or Records Tips
c. Inspection Readiness Tips
d. Version Control and Document Labeling Tips
e. Warning Letter Examples

9. Notes to File
a. Why NTF are Used
b. Concerns about NTF
c. GDP Tips Related to NTF
d. Issues Management
e. Note to File Sample Exercise
f. Inaccurate, Incriminating, and Incomplete NTF
g. NTF Discussion - FDA

10. 10 Question Post Assessment


  • Practice applying ALCOA-C to paper and electronic documentation
  • Identify methods to assess quality documentation to support inspection of clinical trials
  • Recognize appropriate ways to address deficiencies in documentation

All clinical research professionals.

Good Documentation Practices and ALCOA-C is included in the following professional certification programs:

Professional Certification Program:

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Professional Certification Program

Price: $995.00 (USD) | Learn more

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