Closing Out Sites

Once your site finishes data collection, data review activities are complete, and you have locked the site, you can begin closing out the site. Vault generates closeout PDFs (a ZIP file containing a Detail PDF for each Subject at the Site) from within EDC Tools. After you generate the closeout PDFs, you can send them to the site for review. You can also choose to send sites periodic reminders until they finish their review.

You can only begin closeout once a Site is locked. If you unlock a site and closeout is already complete, unlocking resets the closeout status. You will have to repeat the process.

Prerequisites

Users with the standard CDMS Lead Data Manager study role can perform the actions described below by default. If your organization uses custom Study Roles, your role must grant the following permissions:

Type Permission Label Controls
Standard Tab EDC Tools Tab

Ability to access the EDC Tools tab

Functional Permission Manage Study Lock

Ability to lock and unlock Studies and Sites from EDC Tools

Functional Permission Generate Closeout PDF

Ability to generate the Closeout PDFs for a locked Site from EDC Tools > Sites

Functional Permission Notify Sites of Closeout PDF

Ability to set reminders and send a notification to a Site that the Closeout PDFs are ready for review

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

Learn more about Study Roles.


Generate Closeout PDFs

To generate a closeout PDF:

  1. Navigate to EDC Tools > Sites.
  2. Locate the Site you want to close out in the list.
  3. Hover over the Site to show the Actions menu.
  4. From the Actions menu, choose Generate Closeout PDFs. Generate Closeout PDFs action

  5. Click Generate. Vault begins a job to create the closeout PDFs for this site. When finished, Vault sends you an email notification.

You can download the closeout PDFs for a Site from EDC Tools > Sites. This is the same ZIP file that your site users will download.

To download a site’s closeout PDFs:

  1. Navigate to EDC Tools > Sites.
  2. Locate the Site you want to download the closeout PDFs for in the list.
  3. Hover over the Site to show the Actions menu.
  4. From the Actions menu, choose Download Closeout PDFs. Vault downloads a ZIP file containing the closeout PDF for each Subject at the Site. Download Closeout PDFs action

How to Notify Sites & Set Reminders

To allow your site users to access closeout PDFs, you must notify them. Notifying the site sends site users an email notification and makes the PDFs available for download in the Data Entry tab.

You can also choose to set an automated reminder to remind sites to review closeout PDFs.

Note that to send site notifications, you must first generate the closeout PDFs.

To notify sites:

  1. Navigate to EDC Tools > Sites.
  2. Locate the Site you want to notify in the list.
  3. Hover over the Site to show the Actions menu.
  4. From the Actions menu, choose Notify Site. Notify Site action

  5. Optional: By default, Vault will send an email reminder every 10 days. You can enter a new number to send an email every so many days, or you can clear this checkbox to not send reminder emails. Notify Site dialog

  6. Click Notify.

Stop Scheduled Reminders

To stop scheduled reminders:

  1. Locate the Site you want to remind in EDC Tools > Sites.
  2. In the Closeout Status column for that Site, click Show closeout activity ().
    Show Closeout Activity

  3. In the Closeout Activity dialog, click Stop Reminders.
  4. Click Stop Reminders.

Send Ad Hoc Reminders

You can send ad hoc reminders, in addition to scheduled ones, when the site’s closeout status is Awaiting Site Response.

To send an ad hoc reminder:

  1. Locate the Site you want to remind in EDC Tools > Sites.
  2. In the Closeout Status column for that Site, click Show closeout activity ().
  3. In the Closeout Activity dialog, click Send Reminder Now. Send Reminder

  4. Optional: In the Send Reminder dialog, update the selections to change who receives the notification. By default, Vault sends the reminder to both reviewers and approvers. Send Reminder dialog

  5. Click Send Reminder.

Closeout & Custom Study Roles

By default, the CDMS Principal Investigator and CDMS Clinical Research Coordinator study roles have permissions to review and accept closeout PDFs. If your organization uses custom Study Roles, assign the appropriate roles the permissions below to allow them to review closeout PDFs:

Permission Description
Review Closeout PDF Ability to download the Closeout PDF for a Site
Accept Closeout PDF Ability to accept or reject Closeout PDFs

Note that you can assign a role the Review Closeout PDFs without assigning Accept Closeout PDFs. This allows the user to download any closeout PDFs for their site but not accept or reject them.

Learn how to create custom Study Roles.