Protocol Review Committee


The PRC is charged with the scientific evaluation of all cancer clinical protocols and amendments proposed at Yale prior to initiation. PRC review encompasses an assessment of the scientific rationale and merit of a proposed study in addition to protocol design, safety parameters, and biostatistical analysis to determine that high quality and appropriate designs have been incorporated. The review of the informed consent document focuses on scientific accuracy and ensures subjects are informed of risks, side effects and any alternative treatments.

In addition:

  • The committee assigns a priority score that considers scientific merit and other available studies and is based upon an averaged points system.
  • The committee assigns a Data and Safety Monitoring Plan (DSMP).  This plan consists of an audit schedule and a timeline for the PI to submit data and safety monitoring reports for review by the Data and Safety Monitoring Committee (DSMC).  The DSMP takes into account the risk of the study in the context of any monitoring that may be provided by an external sponsor, cooperative group, or consortium. 

2015 Meeting schedule and related deadlines 

Guidelines for Submission- New protocol

Please submit the following electronically to Template and forms can be found on our forms  page.

All submissions must include:

  • A copy of the Protocol Review Committee Submission Form generate from OnCore with the required signatures of the PI and Translational Working Group Leader.
  • Final protocol (not the HIC application)
  • Investigator’s Brochure (as applicable)
  • Yale HIC formatted Informed Consent forms
  • Sponsor master consent (as applicable)

Guidelines for Submission- Amendments

Please submit the following electronically to ycc.ycci.committees@yale.eduempty. Template and forms can be found on our forms page.

All submissions must include:

  • PRC Amendment Request Form generate from OnCore
  • Amendment log indicating the history of all amendments made to the study
  • Each research study document being amended with changes noted in track change format (do not submit HIC application)
  • Each research study document being amended incorporating all changes (do not submit HIC application)
  • Each new research study document being added as a result of the amendment (i.e. consent addendum, etc.)
  • If amendment is initiated by the sponsor, include the sponsor's correspondence and the sponsor's summary of changes

The YCC PRC does not need to review the following amendment types: 

● Amendments to Cooperative Group studies. 
 - Cooperative Groups include COG,GOG,RTOG, CALGB, ECOG,SWOG, NSABP, and NCIC. Upon receipt from the sponsoring cooperative group, amendments may proceed directly to the IRB. You do not need an acknowledgement letter (sometimes called skip letter) from the PRC prior to submission.
● Amendments to non-therapeutic studies. These amendments should be submitted directly to the IRB.

● Refer to Amendment Submission Form Guidance on the forms page for other amendment types that may proceed directly to HIC.

However, both Cooperative Group and non-therapeutic studies should be submitted to PRC for review prior to IRB approval for the initial application, but not for amendments.