Sub-Licensing the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)

Thank you for your interest in sublicensing scales for use in interventional studies or clinical trials. The Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) is the most widely used suicide risk assessment instrument in the world, is currently the only one explicitly accepted by the FDA, and has been widely adopted by government and health authorities around the world.

eResearchTechnology, Inc. (“ERT”) has entered into an exclusive license agreement for the electronic implementations of this scale with the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc. (RFMH) who controls the copyright for the scale. Over the past several years, ERT has worked with RFMH and the scale authors to optimize the electronic administration of the scale. In order to facilitate broad electronic use of the scale, ERT has developed a sublicensing program that enables other organizations to deploy this assessment as part of their solutions. As part of the program, ERT will ensure a valid implementation of the instrument and will collect fees related to its use. ERT will ensure that RFMH is properly compensated for their intellectual property.