Eleventh Annual Sentinel Initiative Public Workshop

April 3, 2019 - 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

1 Bethesda Metro Center

Bethesda, MD 20814

Contact Info



The Sentinel Initiative was launched in response to the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA) and is comprised of several components including the Sentinel System, the Active Risk Identification and Analysis System, the Biologics Effectiveness and Safety System (BEST IDIQ #1, BEST IDIQ #2) and FDA Catalyst. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is committed to facilitating stakeholder engagement on approaches to modernize the Sentinel Initiative’s capabilities. The Annual Public Workshop is a gathering of the Sentinel community and leading experts to share recent developments within the Sentinel Initiative, provide training on Sentinel System’s tools and data infrastructure, and promote engagement and collaboration with patients, industry, academia, and consumers. This year marks the Eleventh Annual Sentinel Initiative Public Workshop and will be a two-day event. Please note that there are separate registrations for each day of the meeting and there are two different locations for Days 1 and 2.


DAY 1 | Sentinel Initiative Public Workshop, April 3, 2019

Registration:      Open to everyone. Please register at your earliest convenience as seats are limited.  

Location:            Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 1 Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, MD 20814

Agenda and Details: Day 1 will be convened by the Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy at Duke University under a cooperative agreement with FDA. The workshop will feature updates on how the Sentinel Initiative is being used by FDA as a core safety surveillance program from leaders at FDA and from investigators within the Sentinel Initiative. Discussion will also highlight strategic initiatives and potential future directions for continued improvements to the distributed data infrastructure. There will be opportunities throughout the day’s discussion for stakeholders to provide input and ask questions.

The webcast for this event will be found on this page and will go live once the event begins.


DAY 2 | Sentinel System Analysis Tools Training: Hands-On Workshop, April 4, 2019

Registration:      Open to everyone. Please register through this Day 2 link.

Location:             FDA White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Building 31, Room 1503 A (the Great Room), Silver Spring, MD 20993

Agenda and Details: Day 2 will be the third public training sponsored by FDA and the Sentinel Operations Center targeting researchers who have prior experience executing epidemiologic analyses with claims data using SAS statistical packages and programming. Registrants are expected to have either attended the prior Sentinel Public Training Events held in July 2017 (Part 1) and February 2018 (Part 2) or viewed the recorded contents online prior to attending. This workshop will build on these prior trainings using a hands-on laboratory format. Attendees should bring a laptop to the training to participate. Due to the interactive nature of the training, no online participation will be available.