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Factors Influencing Clinical Trial Site Selection in Europe: The Survey of Attitudes towards Trial sites in Europe (The SAT-EU StudyTM) BMJ Open 2013;3:e002957 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-002957
The SAT-EU study group, an independent non-profit collaborative initiative, supported by the European Forum for Good Clinical Practice (EFGCP) and several other trade and not-for profit organisations, today announced the results of a survey of 458 professionals representing clinical research organizations (CROs), academic clinical trial units (CTUs), and the biopharmaceutical industry in 34 countries.
“Speed to trial start is critical,” commented Giuseppe Ambrosio, Professor of Cardiology at the University of Perugia, Italy, and co-author of the study. “What survey participants want is less national variability in clinical trial applications, streamlined competent authority and ethics approvals and simplified hospital contracting (such as via national or pan-European templates). Our work suggests that a stronger pan-European element in the trial application process will greatly benefit European Clinical Research by bringing more studies to Europe, encouraging additional investments, and fostering collaboration at a high level among hospitals Europe-wide,” he added.
“This study seems to indicate that fostering competitiveness of European clinical research may not require additional government spending/incentives. Rather, harmonization of approval processes, greater visibility of centres of excellence, and reduction of “hidden” indirect costs, may bring significantly more clinical trials to Europe,” commented Ingrid Klingmann, Chairman of the European Forum for Good Clinical Practice (EFGCP).
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