Government Plan to Speed up Clinical Research

As reported by Reuters, the government will be looking to implement systems to help speed up clinical research in order to reduce red tape, thus making healthcare innovations more quickly available to patients.

The Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) has put forward plans to create a new Health Research Agency which would act as a single portal for approvals needed in clinical research.

Michael Rawlins of the AMS stated, “The regulatory and governance environments for doing health research in the UK have been utterly stifling. Over the last 10 years there have been more and more regulatory and governance measures put in place … and the cumulative effect has been devastating. We cannot go on like this.”

The plans have been welcomed by a number of pharmaceutical industry groups as well as Health Minister, Andrew Lansley.

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