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23 Jul 2012

EU Commission Proposes Simpler Rules for Clinical Trials

The EU Commission has issued a proposed regulation to make it easier for pharmaceutical companies to carry out cross-border clinical trials.

The European Commission has put forward a new set of rules designed to make it easier to conduct clinical trials.


At present, pharmaceutical companies often face difficulties when trying to carry out cross-border trials.


The proposals - which will replace 2001's Clinical Trials Directive - aim to cut red tape and costs for pharmaceutical companies by speeding up and simplifying authorisation and reporting procedures.


This in turn should make Europe more attractive to researchers, with the bloc recording a 25 per cent decrease in clinical trials between 2007 and 2011.


John Dall

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