University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

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 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 UCSF IRB, 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 IRB review.

All studies reviewed by the PRC will be subject to:

  • prioritization score independent of that from the 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 a site committee review scheduled first – see Site Committee
  2. Contact to obtain a login account and training in OnCore (UCSF’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.

Forms and Policies



This unit is supported by a National Cancer Institute Cancer Center Support Grant (P30CA082103). Any publications related to work done by this core should reference grant number P30CA082103 and must include a PMCID as required by the NIH. View instructions on how to acknowledge funding sources and how to obtain a PMCID.

For inquiries about Cancer Center Shared Resources, please email Benjamin Braun, MD, PhD.