Freezing Data

During a study, you may need to preserve data in its current state. In Vault EDC, you can freeze data that you need to preserve. Freezing data can be useful before or after data review activities. Freezing data prevents any data changes, but it allows other data management processes to continue. All actions on frozen data are included in the audit trail.

See Locking Data for details about data locking.

Frozen data cannot be modified, but all other activities, like signatures, queries, or source data verification, can still occur. Vault displays the Frozen status of Events and Forms in the Review tab.

Frozen Event in the Review Tab

Note that you can’t freeze Derived-type Items.

Prerequisites

Users with the standard CDMS Data Manager and CDMS Clinical Research Associate application roles can perform the actions described above by default. If your vault uses custom Application Roles, your role must have the following permissions:

Type Permission Label Controls
Standard Tab Review Tab

Ability to access the Review tab

Functional Permission Freeze Data

Ability to freeze and unfreeze data

If your Study contains restricted data, you must have the Restricted Data Access permission to view it.

Learn more about Study Roles.


How to Freeze an Item

To freeze an item:

  1. Navigate to the Item you want to freeze.
  2. From the More Actions menu, select Freeze Item. This option is only available if the Item is not already frozen or locked.
  3. The Freeze Item dialog opens. Click Freeze.
  4. Vault freezes the item. To unfreeze an Item field, select Unfreeze Item from the More Actions menu.

How to Freeze a Form

To freeze a form:

  1. Navigate to the Form you want to freeze.
  2. From the More Actions menu, select Freeze Form. This option is only available if the Form is not already frozen or locked.
  3. The Freeze Form dialog opens. Click Freeze.
  4. Vault freezes all items on this form. To unfreeze the form, select Unfreeze Form from the More Actions menu.

How to Freeze an Event

To freeze all forms in an event:

  1. Click to open the Event.
  2. From the More Actions menu, select Freeze All Forms. This option is only available if the Event is not already frozen or locked.
  3. The Freeze All Forms dialog opens. Click Freeze.
  4. Vault freezes all forms for this event. To unfreeze the Event, select Unfreeze All Forms from the More Actions menu.

To freeze an event date:

  1. From the Event listing, scroll to the Event you want to freeze.
  2. Click to open the Event.
  3. From the More Actions menu for the Event date, select Freeze Event Date. Freeze Event Date

  4. The Freeze Event Date dialog opens. Click Freeze.
  5. Vault freezes the Event date. To unfreeze the Event, select Unfreeze Event Date from the More Actions menu.

How to Freeze a Subject

To freeze all forms in a subject casebook:

  1. From the Casebook, select Freeze Subject from the More Actions menu. Freeze Subject Action in the Review Tab

  2. Click Freeze.
  3. Vault freezes all forms for this subject. To unfreeze the subject casebook, select Unfreeze Subject from the More Actions menu.

Available Actions on Frozen Data

The following actions are available on frozen data:

  • Source Data Verification
  • Data Management Review
  • eSignature
  • Query-related actions