Are clinical trials safe?

26th October 2015 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Volunteer FAQ

Every study our sponsor conduct is in accordance with EU legislation* and independently approved by governmentally authorised ethics committees and by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA), ensuring your wellbeing is the priority of every study.

Clinical trials are carried out under the strict supervision of fully qualified doctors, nurses and other health professionals. Before every trial you are given information about the study to read through in detail and are able to spend as much time as required with one of the Research Doctors discussing all the details and potential risks of the study.

This process is called informed consent and will be completed before any study procedures are able to take place. After the formal consenting session with the doctor you will be able to take the information home to discuss with friends, family and maybe even your GP.

A consent form does not need to be signed until you feel that you have enough information to make the decision to take part, and even once the form is signed you are able to withdraw your consent from a study at any time. Before you can take part in a clinical trial, we take great care to ensure that you are suitable to do so.

You will be screened against the approved study protocol and are required to undergo a thorough medical examination, which includes taking blood samples for a variety of tests, as well as tracing your heart (ECG) and measuring your blood pressure.

In some cases sponsor will also contact your GP to check that there are no medical conditions in your history that might affect your participation, and sponsor routinely make checks to ensure that previous studies you may have completed at another sponsor will not affect your participation in a study at another sponsor.