The eSource Readiness Assessment Tool (eSRA) contains questions based on regulations and regulatory agency guidelines for clinical research data sources and should be used to evaluate the suitability of an Investigator Site computerized system to provide data for clinical research.

Clinical research draws on a combination of data collected during a clinical trial and historical medical information relating to the research subject(s).  Many of the data points needed for clinical research are originating in Electronic Health Record Systems, making them “eSource” for clinical research.  Even if these data points are not used in their electronic state for clinical research, but are printed from the electronic health records and then re-entered into a Sponsor's system for a clinical trial, the source of the information (the healthcare system) must still be confirmed as compliant with standards set forth in clinical research regulations and applicable guidance documents.

An eClinical Forum team, comprised of CRAs and Data Managers from different clinical research sponsor organizations and CROs, has produced the "eSource-Readiness Assessment", otherwise known as "eSRA" for sites to perform a self-assessment of their computerized systems ability to be compliant with clinical research regulations. 

The eSRA Questionnaire Version 2020 can be downloaded as part of the eSRA Handbook below. 

Stay Current!!  As new regulations are released or updated, the eClinical Forum will evaluate if the eSRA questions should be updated. To be notified of future releases of the eSRA Questionnaire, please send an email to Your email address will not be used for purposes other than to inform you of updates to eSRA. 

eSRA Resources


eSRA Version 2020.2


The eClinical Forum is pleased to announce that their eSource-Readiness Assessment (eSRA) Handbook has been translated to Japanese. While the eSRA questionnaire V2020 has not changed and is still required to be completed in English, the Japanese translation of the eSRA Handbook now also includes an official Japanese translation of the eSRA questions.  A public webinar was provided in Japanese in September 2020 and the recording is available for review.

eClinical Forum は、このたび eSource-Readiness Assessment (eSRA) Handbookの日本語版を作成致しました。eSRA questionnaire V2020は変更されておらず、英語でご回答いただく必要がありますが、eSRA HandbookにはeSRA questionnaireの各設問の正式な日本語訳を載せています。

eSRA Handbookのダウンロードは、上のタイトル行をクリックして表示されるダウンロードページから行ってください。


Implementing eSRA: Sponsor Perspective

Implementing eSRA: Sponsor Perspective

This document is written specifically for Sponsors to assist them in determining how to fit eCF's eSource-Readiness Assessment (eSRA) into their procedures for determining if data which originated on a  site's electronic health record system is suitable for use in their clinical trial. It shows the benefits of using a common assessment tool, provides suggestions for implementing eSRA, and shows a mapping of eSRA questions to regulatory authority statements/expectations.

Webinar on “Sponsor responsibility to Assess Investigator Site Systems that may originate source for clinical trials & the free eSRA tool”

Recording and slides available

Webinar on “Sponsor responsibility to Assess Investigator Site Systems that may originate source for clinical trials & the free eSRA tool”

On 25-Feb-2020, Kelley Olree of Pfizer and eClinical Forum's eSRA Team, presented a very informative and insightful webinar on “Sponsor responsibility to Assess Investigator Site Systems that may originate source for clinical trials & the free eSRA tool”. One participant sent us a note following the webinar "Let me congratulate you for the eSRA Form and the webcast shared yesterday. I’m pretty sure it will become an international standard."

eSRA (eSource Readiness Assessment) Handbook and Assessment Questionnaire

ENGLISH Version 2020.2

eSRA (eSource Readiness Assessment) Handbook and Assessment Questionnaire

This is the ONE FILE that you need to perform an eSRA Assessment.

- Sites should complete an eSource-Readiness Assessment (eSRA) to self-assess their healthcare computerized systems (e.g. EHR/EMR) for readiness to originate or handle electronic data that could become part of a clinical research study.

- Sponsors/CROs will find useful information in the Handbook in order to evaluate a completed eSRA from a site, to determine if data that originated in the site's healthcare computerized system complies with clinical research regulations

This Version 2020.2 has had minor updates to clarify the text from V2020. The eSRA questionnaire has not been updated in V2020.2, and will be updated as per the annual schedule and released in March 2021.

- Download the Handbook file and save to your computer. The instructions are in section 3 and the assessment is in section 5. Sites should complete the assessment and email it to their sponsors.

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What is the difference between the V2020 and V2019 eSRA?

Changes are minor -- see the list

While several additional regulatory documents were mapped to the eSRA questions, they did not significantly change eSRA between V2019 and V2020. No questions were added or deleted. Some question text were modified to improve clarity. Please download the file showing each question with it's change.

Regulatory documents used as a basis for the eClinical Forum eSource Readiness Assessment (eSRA)

Release 2020

Regulatory documents used as a basis for the eClinical Forum eSource Readiness Assessment (eSRA)

eCF eSRA Release 2020 is based on regulatory documents from FDA (USA), EMA (European Union), PMDA (Japan), CMPS (China) and ICH (International). The eClinical Forum will continue to monitor new releases and updates of regulatory documents from these agencies to determine if the eSRA template questions should be updated.

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