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UKCRC invites trial unit registration

Running a clinical trial is a very complex process. To maintain the current high standards of research, the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Registered Clinical Trials Units (CTU) Network is asking its 48 currently registered clinical trials units to review their registration and is inviting new applications from previously unregistered units.

High quality clinical research to benefit patients

The UKCRC brings together the NHS, research funders, industry, regulatory bodies, Royal Colleges, patient groups and academia to promote high quality clinical research for the benefit of patients. CTUs are specialist units that have been set up to design, conduct, analyse and publish clinical trials and other well-designed research studies. They have the capability to provide specialist expert advice and coordination to enable successful clinical trials of medicines and other products.

To be awarded UKCRC Registration, CTUs must provide evidence to an international panel of experts that they are able to coordinate multi-centre clinical trials and have set up robust systems to ensure that clinical trials are carried out to the highest quality standards. The Registration Process is therefore designed to help improve the quality of available expertise needed to carry out clinical trials in the UK.

Clinical trials essential for testing treatments

Professor Dame Sally C. Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health said, “Clinical trials are essential for testing treatments and ensuring we have the best possible evidence so that NHS patients receive high quality care. Clinical Trials Units are central to the work of expanding health research in this country and delivering high quality research projects. The current activity being undertaken by the UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Units (CTU) Network to further develop unit quality and activities is especially welcomed and will help ensure that the units are capable of delivering the high-standard required.”

How to apply

Application Forms and further information is available atwww.ukcrc-ctu.org.uk.

Diabetes UK encourages all eligible CTUs with a focus on diabetes research to apply, so that the diabetes research community can continue to benefit from accredited support for high quality clinical trials with the potential to improve the lives of people living with diabetes.

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