EU Urges Sponsors To Assess COVID-19 Impact Before Starting New Trials
New Survey Shows Pandemic Is Negatively Impacting Patient Enrollment
New EU guidance on managing clinical trials in the context of COVID-19 requires sponsors to critically assess the feasibility of starting a new clinical trial or including new participants in an ongoing trial. A separate survey indicates that patient willingness to participate in new trials has dramatically declined due to the pandemic.
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A protocol amendment is not needed to pause enrollment to decrease potential exposure to COVID-19, and virtual visits can be immediately implemented to ensure safety; experts say pandemic is forcing a rethinking in how companies carry out trials and in how regulators ensure patient safety and trial integrity.
A draft EU guideline explains how companies can ensure that data from ongoing clinical trials remains relevant for regulatory decision-making despite problems posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.