A study-specific AE reporting plan should describe which AEs will be reported and a time-frame for reporting. Indicate also AEs or types of AEs that will not be reported.
Potential Unanticipated problems involving risks to subjects or others (UaPs or UPIRSOs) are required to be reported promptly. Unanticipated Problems meet all of the following criteria:
- Unexpected (in terms of nature, severity, or frequency);
- Related or possibly related to participation in the research; and
- Suggests that the research places subjects or others at a greater risk of harm than was previously known or recognized.
Often, predictable events, or expected AEs for the population being studied that are not attributable to the research can be indicated as events that will not be reported as AEs, even if the data is collected for study purposes (e.g. death in an elderly population with a history of stroke and diabetes).
Consider separating aspects of the AE reporting plan into categories when appropriate (e.g. separate descriptions or tables for different cohorts). Designate what will and will not be reported using terminology as general or as specific as is appropriate.
The AE reporting plan may be submitted as a standalone document, as part of a data and safety monitoring plan (DSMP), or as part of a protocol.