The WEB-RADR project has three main levels of governance. Individual work packages are each assigned both public and European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) lead organisations. These leads are responsible for the day-to-day management of the work package, and for reporting to the project’s Steering Committee. The Steering Committee reviews progress against the project’s deliverables on a quarterly basis, aided by the project coordinator, deputy coordinator and project management function from Work Package 5. The Steering Committee also reports to the General Advisory Board on an annual basis. The coordinator and deputy coordinator use the outputs of each level of management to fulfill reporting requirements to IMI.
The Consortium Assembly
The Consortium Assembly is made up of one representative from each and every organisation participating in WEB-RADR. It provides a forum for sharing updates on progress, project governance, communication, and discussing issues and risks. In addition, the Consortium Assembly is a means for discussing, reviewing, and agreeing upon decisions that require input from all partners, such as summary financial reports.
The Consortium Assembly provides recommendations to the Steering Committee regarding issues it wishes to address, or issues on which it is consulted by the Steering Committee. These may include, for example, the overall strategy of the WEB-RADR project, the entry or withdrawal of a Participant to or from the Consortium, and proposals for the dissemination and publication of deliverables.
The Steering Committee
The Steering Committee consists of the coordinator representative and deputy, managing entity representative and deputy, and work package leaders and co-leaders. It is responsible for the delivery and management of WEB-RADR. The group, as in the Consortium Assembly, shares updates on progress, governance, communication, issues, and any risks.
The Steering Committee meets regularly for the entire duration of the project, mostly through tele- or web-conferencing. The Committee liaises between the Consortium Assembly and the General Advisory Board, ensuring that recommendations or concerns deriving from any of the levels of governance are shared with the other levels.
The Committee’s responsibilities are mainly strategic in nature. They include, for example, developing the scientific programme and work plan for their respective work packages, coordinating the implementation of the work package activities, and preparing regular status updates to be presented at Steering Committee meetings.
The General Advisory Board
The General Advisory Board (GAB) consists of experts from organisations that are independent of those delivering and managing the project, as well as work package leaders. The GAB has an important role, providing advice on the WEB-RADR project, and identifying other initiatives which may be relevant to the project.
The GAB meets at least once a year during the project. It reports to the public and EFPIA consortium leads, and advises the project coordinator and work package leaders through its interaction with the Steering Committee.
The GAB’s focus is on helping to ensure that the overall direction and deliverables of WEB-RADR will bring maximum results. This includes identifying critical risks in the work plans, providing general guidance regarding scientific, technical, and ethical aspects of the project, and highlighting other research programmes with objectives similar to WEB-RADR’s, for the purposes of possible collaboration.