Statistical Support for Independent Data Monitoring Committees: Serving the best interests of patients

"Robust statistical input and strong and detailed planning is crucial to underpin the success of Data Monitoring Committees. Our dedication to being a trusted independent partner and to applying the right knowledge and expertise to each and every IDMC project ensures that the scientific integrity of those projects is protected and that the interests of patients are well served."

Matthew JonesCo-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

An Independent Data Monitoring Committee comprises an independent group of experts who review the accumulating data of an ongoing trial and monitor patient safety and, where applicable, treatment efficacy. The committee ensures the interests of current and future patients are well served, and through its independence from the sponsor, ensures the continued scientific integrity of the trial is maintained.

IDMCs are particularly crucial in situations where there are severe risks to patient safety; they are most commonly seen in oncology trials where the endpoints are progression or death, and in studies with hospitalised populations as for COVID.


What is needed?

For various reasons it may not be ethical to wait until the end of the trial before examining the unblinded data for the first time. The Data Monitoring Committee, therefore, reviews the data at specific predetermined time points to protect the best interests of the patients as the trial progresses. This may be to detect for a highly favorable or unfavorable result, or even assess futility with the view to terminating a study before its planned completion.

Robust statistical input is essential to underpin Data Monitoring Committees.  This typically takes the form of an independent Statistical Analysis Centre that runs unblinded analyses and provides outputs for the clinicians to review, and an independent DMC Statistician that acts as a voting member of the Data Monitoring Committee and supports decision making from a statistical viewpoint.

Our process

At Veramed, we help sponsors manage their Data Monitoring Committees by providing essential services:

Statistical Analysis Centre

Perform unblinded statistical analysis on interim data and securely communicate results to voting IDMC members to enable decision-making.

Independent DMC Statisticians

We provide independent statisticians who are experienced in performing the role of the statistical voting or non-voting member of the Data Monitoring Committee.

Critical Success Factors in Setting Up a Statistical Analysis Centre


For the IDMC to succeed, all these elements require intensive upfront planning and synchronisation. E.g. IDMC Charter, Data flow, System access and logistics.

Statistical Rigour

We have a team of statisticians with experience working on IDMCs and within a range of therapeutic areas.


We have robust, GCP compliant systems and processes in place for data analysis and transfer to ensure the protection of the study blind and therefore the scientific validity of the trial.

Speed & Agility

We meticulously plan processes in advance to enable speed and agility in execution. We can tailor our approach to work on sponsor systems or using code that executes on different platforms.

Why choose us?
  • We provide a team of expert statisticians who have technical and therapeutic area experience in IDMCs.
  • We have GCP compliant systems in place that ensure the strict control of the study blind and to maintain confidentiality.
  • As part of our set up process, we invest time and energy into the development of a strong IDMC charter, a comprehensive communication plan and timelines, and rigorous data flow mapping.

Get in touch to discuss how we can help.