Background: In July 2012, the European Commission formalized the proposal for a European Clinical Trial Regulation that should replace the European Clinical Trials Directive 2001/20/CE. The new Regulation 536/2014 entered into force in June 2014 and it was expected to be applied not earlier than May 2016. Indeed, at the time, all required central tools are not yet available and new forecasts indicate it will become effective at the end of 2018. The aims of the Regulation are the promotion of higher standards in patient's safety and increasing transparency in Clinical Trials, also by changing the application process. Methods: An online survey was conducted among the Italian's Clinical Research Coordinators and Clinical Investigators to examine the perception and knowledge about the upcoming changes in Clinical Trials. A total of 190 Clinical Research Coordinators and 80 Clinical Investigators were surveyed. Results: Clinicians are less aware of the content of the Regulation than Clinical Research Coordinators, who demonstrate anextensive expertise on the topic (84.4%), mainly reached through self-training. The majority of the Investigators (74%) believes that their site's facilities and staffalready met all the requirements imposed by the Regulation while Clinical Research Coordinators are less optimistic: 65.2% of them believes that the site staffis not yet fully aware of changes associated to its implementation. Conclusions: The general opinion of the interviewed is that the new Regulation will strongly affect the trial management regardless of their type and phase, and the fulfillment of the imposed requirements represents an opportunity that Italy should not miss to increase its attractiveness to the pharmaceutical market.
- Clinical investigators
- Clinical research coordinator
- Clinical trials
- European clinical trial regulation
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