Belgium To Test Parallel Review Of Clinical Trial Dossiers Ahead Of New Regulation
Belgium is following the footsteps of Germany and France by launching a pilot to develop and test procedures for the coming EU Clinical Trial Regulation, which requires national competent authorities and ethics committees to evaluate trial dossiers in parallel and to issue a consolidated single decision within short timelines.
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A simplified process for registering and evaluating clinical trials promised by the EU Clinical Trial Regulation is finally set to become a reality.
A French pilot project testing out the future EU clinical trial authorization procedures has borne fruit after the first two years, but the regulator wants many more sponsors to use the pilot so that the country is ready for the new rules in 2019.
“Thousands and thousands of people” will be using the EU clinical trials portal and database after it goes live late next year and the European Medicines Agency plans to “invest a lot” this year in teaching trial sponsors and EU member state authorities how to use the new system. The EMA is also still working on ironing out the tricky areas of user management and how to transition legacy trials.