Policy Analysis: Investment, Life Sciences

Harmonise clinical trial regulations to boost medical research - and save lives

Complex and inconsistent clinical trial regulations are causing delays and raising costs for academic clinicians conducting international studies. Governments need to harmonise trial approval processes, says the OECD

Frédéric Sgard, Project Administrator, OECD Global Science Forum

Clinical trials are an essential part of the development of medical treatments. They involve  testing new medicines or new therapies, as well as optimising existing medicinal products and procedures, by carrying out carefully controlled investigations on patients. Although the majority of these trials are conducted by the pharmaceutical industry, many are driven by pressing public health needs, and by scientific opportunities, rather than by economic interests of private companies.

Such trials often involve diseases that affect...

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