Phase Forward (NASDAQ: PFWD), a leading provider of data management solutions for clinical trials and drug safety, today announced its Central Coding™ application has become the first product to achieve certification by the Uppsala Monitoring Center (UMC). Launched today ("Uppsala Monitoring Centre Launches Software Certification Program for WHO Drug Dictionary Enhanced"), UMC's new certification is designed to help software developers quickly and easily integrate the WHO Drug Dictionary Enhanced. The WHO Drug Dictionary Enhanced is the world's most comprehensive dictionary of medicinal product information and the de facto standard for coding concomitant medication in clinical trials and adverse event reporting.
“Having achieved certification, Phase Forward Central Coding offers users a product that has demonstrated full utilization of the Dictionary's constantly evolving feature set.”
Optimized to work with InForm™ Global Trial Management (GTM) and other Phase Forward solutions, Central Coding is a configurable, multilingual, Web-based coding and dictionary management application designed to automate the coding process and minimize the manual effort required to code verbatim terms. The Central Coding application successfully passed the 24 use cases and associated acceptance criteria included in the UMC certification process, designed to indicate that vendor implementation processes are accurate.
The certification announced today also offers software developers free training and a software development kit, including documentation and example programs. UMC is demonstrating the features of the new certification program at the Drug Information Association's 46th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., which began yesterday and runs through this Thursday, June 17.
"UMC certification is a rigorous undertaking, and Phase Forward completed the process impressively, clearly benefiting from their WHO Dictionary integration expertise and experience with the Central Coding product," said Ola Strandberg, Vendor Liaison Officer at UMC. "Having achieved certification, Phase Forward Central Coding offers users a product that has demonstrated full utilization of the Dictionary's constantly evolving feature set."
"UMC has devised a useful certification process to help organizations like ours achieve integration with the WHO Drug Dictionary Enhanced," said Martin Young, Phase Forward Senior Vice President, Integration and Product Strategy. "In working closely together on this certification we had ample opportunity to observe the commitment of the UMC team. We congratulate them on the formal launch today, and are proud to concurrently announce our position as the first vendor to achieve the certification."