Scroll down the resource list below to find user guides, videos, tips and helpful checklists. Some resources contain links to forms anyone can read and download but only physicians can submit. If you are looking for a specific form or topic, use the category filters to narrow the list.

  • Active clinical trial A trial open for enrollment of patients Active, not recruiting (clinical trial) The study is ongoing but new participants are not currently being enrolled Adverse event A medical problem that happens during treatment with a drug or other therapy, which may be mild, moderate…
  • When is expanded access an option? What is the expanded access process? Find answers and hear a family’s experience with EA in this new “Patients Matter” video from FDA.
  • CDER's Office of Communication, Division of Drug Information shares "FDA Oncology Center of Excellence’s Project Facilitate: An Overview of the Oncology Expanded Access Program," an expanded access webinar addressing the roles of oncology healthcare providers in the submission of an Expanded Access…
  • New 4-part FDA Drug Info Rounds video series for physicians detailing how to submit single-patient expanded access requests for investigational drugs and biologics.
  • Project Facilitate assists medical professionals seeking expanded access for patients with cancer FDA's Oncology Center for Excellence is piloting Project Facilitate to provide continuous support to oncology physicians and other healthcare professionals throughout the expanded access process.
  • FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb joined CDER Director Dr. Janet Woodcock and CBER Director Dr. Peter Marks to make an important statement about Expanded Access (EA). In short, the message encourages “sponsors to offer EA in such circumstances, when continued access to a promising medicine at the…
  • Image Read the report from our public meeting on Leveraging Real-World Treatment Experience from Expanded Access Protocols.
  • Expanded Access of Investigational Drugs: The Experience of the Center of Drug Evaluation and Research Over a 10-Year Period. Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science, 50(6), 705–709. Ten-Year Experience for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Part 2: FDA’s Role in Ensuring…
  • The initial IND submission and each subsequent submission to the IND should be accompanied by a Form FDA 1571. See Form FDA 1571 submission details here.   
  • These sample policies may be useful to companies developing expanded access policies. Companies can post their policies or a link to their policies in the EA Navigator Company Directory.  
  • For patients with serious or life threatening disease who have exhausted all available treatments and are not eligible for a clinical trial, Expanded Access may be an option. Also known as Compassionate Use or Single Patient Request, this request process is a potential pathway for access to…
  • This 1-hour long webinar was designed to assist patient advocates in their exploration of potential pre-approval access options and featured the Foundation’s Expanded Access Navigator program and NIH’s clinicaltrials.gov. Presenters for this event included Foundation Executive Director June Wasser…
  • CDER's Office of Communication, Division of Drug Information is now offering their " FDA Drug Topics: An Overview of FDA's Expanded Access Program with a Focus on Individual Patient Expanded Access" as a Home Study CE Webinar. For more information on how to access the course click here.  
  • In October 2017, FDA released a six-page, Information Sheet Guidance for sponsors, clinical investigators and IRBs on the Waiver of IRB requirements for Drug and Biological Product Studies.
  • This Q&A document from FDA outlines October 2017 updates to Guidance on Expanded Access to Investigational Drugs for Treatment Use. It covers waivers for convened IRB meetings, addresses how the FDA reviews adverse event data related to expanded access and explains the 21st Century Cures Act…
  • If a pharmaceutical company agrees to supply the investigational treatment, the treating physician must next request permission to proceed from the FDA through a form FDA 3926, also known as the Individual Patient Expanded Access Investigational New Drug Application.
  • When discussing possible participation in a clinical trial, it is important to have all the information you need to make a decision. Here are some questions you, or your physician, might want to ask the clinical trial’s sponsor or principle investigator.
  • Serious and unexpected adverse events must be reported to FDA. This link provides guidance on reporting or you can download an IND safety report Form FDA 3500A for non-emergency Expanded Access. The same requirements that apply to clinical trials (21 CFR 312.32) apply to expanded access to the…
  • If you are a patient, caregiver, or physician looking for investigational therapy options available through either clinical trials or expanded access, you can begin to research and identify them on ClinicalTrials.gov. 
  • The process for obtaining single-patient expanded access (EA) has several steps and documents to organize. This checklist offers a brief overview of the documents a licensed physician must fill out or obtain from the pharmaceutical company, the FDA, or the IRB.
  • When discussing the possible use of an investigational treatment, it is important to have all the information needed to make a decision. Here are some questions you may ask your physician to ensure you understand the process. You can also download and print EA forms listed in the Navigator’s…
  • If single-patient expanded access (EA) is permitted for a patient, the sponsoring physician is required to comply with FDA reporting requirements during and after the treatment. Clinical trial outcomes are primary criteria on which FDA bases its review of a new drug. While the primary intent of…
  • Submitting a request for single-patient expanded access requires the involvement of physicians, patients, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and pharmaceutical companies. It’s crucial to be aware of and acknowledge the role and perspective of each party…
  • If your patient is in an emergency situation where access is needed in a matter of hours or days, physicians should contact the FDA directly through its Division of Drug Information at 855-543-3784 or druginfo@fda.hhs.gov. To request emergency access to investigational biological products regulated…