Clinical Trial Topics

Whether you are a patient, policymaker, sponsor or investigator, you may have questions about various clinical trial topics.

For a quick overview of what clinical trials are, why they are needed, and what the value of multinational trials is, see below. For more detailed information on additional topics such as how multinational trials are funded and how research is made transparent, click on the links.  

What Are Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials are research studies aiming to evaluate the efficacy and safety of innovative treatments, to explore new indications for authorised drugs, or to compare the efficacy and safety of approved healthcare strategies. Clinical trials enrol healthy or sick volunteers and are conducted in several phases. 

Why Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials are a key method to enable evidence-based medicine, allowing medical professionals and authorities to determine whether a treatment works, whether it is better or worse than other treatments and what side effects may occur.

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Why Multinational Clinical Trials?

International collaboration is important for clinical research, as it maximises access to patients and leads to faster results. It also enables the sharing of medical and scientific expertise, tools, procedures and costs; increases the applicability of research findings; reduces duplication; and enhances methodological standards. The evidence from multinational trials can support enhanced health policy-making, optimal resource use, and improved patient care across borders.