Clinical trials. Vol.1, Report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence

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Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Select Committee on Science and Technology
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17 September 2013
House of Commons papers, session 2013/14; HC 104
Health Services
Social welfare
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In recent years the number of clinical trials taking place in the UK has fallen steeply in spite of the benefits they offer to the economy and to patients. This is partly due to the European Clinical Trials Directive (CTD), which since 2001 has posed a significant barrier to those wishing to conduct a trial in the European Union. However, the CTD aside, a unique regulatory and governance landscape means that the UK remains a particularly challenging place in which to conduct a clinical trial. To date, the Government has failed to eliminate the biggest barrier to initiating a trial in the UK - the requirement for numerous, and potentially duplicate, governance approvals from participating NHS organisations. The Committee also considers the current lack of clinical trial transparency to be unacceptable and has not been impressed by the Government's efforts to resolve this problem to date.

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