I have noted that clauses are also the hold-up!
Have found that a single issue (e.g., equitable relief language) should
not delay by more than 3 back-and-forths. This means 3 hours or days or
So, there is no "maximum" that I am privy to -- however, with each
contract, we keep a negotiation log. This allows us to keep the
investigator informed and document delays (good to show the PI).
Recently, I had a CRO, Sponsor Company, and Law Firm ALL involved in the
negotiation of a contract -- so let me add, the more parties, the more
time it seems to take! In this case, I emailed the Inv. with updates
including last action taken and next action expected.
Susan Benjamin wrote:
> Here is one of those "simple" questions for which there is no simple
> answer. What is the "normal" length of time it takes for the negotiation
> and processing of a commercial sponsor agreement which requires
> negotiations? This would be the time from receipt of the proposed
> agreement in the Grants Office to execution of the final agreement. We
> have had our share of the "easy" ones and that is not really my question.
> It seems more and more negotiations are required for various clauses. We
> find it sometimes will take the sponsor quite a bit of time to respond to
> our comments or requests to revise clauses. We are meeting with a group of
> researchers who have posed this question, with the indication that it takes
> longer then necessary to process the agreements in question.
> Thanks in advance.
> Susan Benjamin
> Grant Administrator
> Health Research, Inc.
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