Protocol Review Committee

Protocol Review Committee (PRC)

The NCI requires that each Cancer Center maintain a Protocol Review and Monitoring System (PRMS) to assess scientific merit and feasibility of all protocols studying subjects diagnosed with, or at risk for, cancer conducted at the Center, and to monitor for accrual and scientific relevance.  NCI looks for centralized oversight across the entire Center; the Protocol Review Committee (PRC) serves as the centralized portion of this requirement (as opposed to the Program/Disease Site Committees).

The PRC is charged with review of the scientific rationale, study design, expected accrual rates, adequacy of biostatistical input, feasibility for completion within a reasonable time period, prioritization in terms of scientific merit and patient availability, and review of scientific progress including reasonable study goals and accrual rates.  The PRC has final authority regarding protocol and amendment review and approval, accrual monitoring, and study closure.   The UCSF IRB, the Committee on Human Research (CHR), will not grant initial approval for any cancer-related study until the PRC has granted full approval or exemption, and may hold up approval of a protocol amendment if not reviewed by the PRC prior to CHR review.

All studies reviewed by the PRC will be subject to:

  • prioritization score independent of that from the Program/Disease Site Committee
  • required review of all protocol amendments
  • annual review for scientific relevance and accrual
  • closure due to lack of scientific relevance and/or poor accrual.

To apply:

  1. Make sure you have program site committee review scheduled first – see Program/Disease Site Committee
  2. Contact the Clinical Research Informatics Support Services (CRISS) at to obtain a login account and training in OnCore (the HDFCCC’s Clinical Trials Monitoring System)
  3. Follow the instructions in the PRC (ePRMS) User Manual to complete a new Submission Form using the ePRMS Submission Console in OnCore.

Helpful Links

Email with any questions.

>2015 PRC Meeting Schedule
>Site Committee Chairs and Administrators
>Protocol Review Committee roster


Forms and Policies

> see Protocol Review Committee Forms

> for Protocol Review Committee review process policies see ITR Policies