UCL Institute of Clinical Trials and Methodology


Independent Data Monitoring Committees: a one-day interactive training course

Next course: Tuesday 29th October 2019

Do you or will you sit on Independent Data Monitoring Committees (IDMC)* or have a trial that needs to be overseen by an IDMC? If so, this popular one-day course is for you, whether you are a clinician, statistician, or work in trial operations.

The multidisciplinary Faculty will lead participants through many of the challenges associated with reviewing accumulating data from clinical trials, and the practical and statistical issues that you need to know when setting up and running an IDMC.

Using lectures, group discussions, and real-life case studies the course will cover:

  • Roles and responsibilities of an IDMC
  • Membership and the need for independence
  • Best practice and decision-making
  • Recommendations, decisions, and relationships to other committees 


The experienced panel is co-chaired by Prof Max Parmar and Matt Sydes, with Laura Farrelly, and joined by leading trial clinicians drawn from a pool that includes Jeremy Chataway, Rick Kaplan, and Sheena McCormack.


This successful course has been running bi-annually since 2015 and attended by clinical fellows, consultants, statisticians many backgrounds from across the UK and Northern Europe. Feedback has been consistently excellent:

" I really enjoyed the discussions with experts, with plenty of time for questions. Great mix of presentations and group work with very good real-world examples.

Clinical Fellow, MRC CTU, from London, September 2017.

"  Knowledgeable faculty. Enough time for questions.

Clinician from Birmingham. 

" The knowledge of the facilitators (and that they gave up a day of their time made you realise how important the information is).  One of the most enjoyable courses I have ever been on.

Statistician from London, September 2017.


Places on this course are limited, and priority will be given to applicants actively involved with Data Monitoring Committees. If demand exceeds the number of places, places will be awarded to those who the course presenters believe will benefit most from the course.


This course is free for staff for Units within ICTM (CRUK-CTC, CCTU, MRC CTU at UCL and PRIMENT) although places are limited. Attendees from outside of the ICTM will be required to pay an attendance fee. Fees are based on the attendee's organisation as follows:

  • £80 for attendees from other UCL departments;
  • £180 for attendees from other not-for-profit organisations
  • £250 for attendees from for-profit organisations.

The ICTM CPD Administrator will advise successful applicants of the location and fee payment process.

If you have any queries about this course, please contact the ICTM CPD Administrator on ictm.education@ucl.ac.uk

*Independent Data Monitoring Committees are sometimes called Data Safety and Monitoring Boards (DSMB), or Data Monitoring and Ethics Committees (DMEC), or by a number of other variations.