When working with a clinical research organization, it is important to ensure that the results of your clinical trial are accurate and reliable. To do this, it is essential to understand the process of clinical trials and the measures taken to protect participants. Clinical trials are conducted in phases, each designed to answer specific questions while also taking steps to protect those involved. Before regulatory agencies deem a new treatment safe and effective, it must usually go through three phases of clinical trials.
In addition, all trials must be conducted in accordance with good clinical practice (GCP) guidelines set by regulatory authorities. These guidelines ensure that potential participants are aware of the information they may be asked to share and how their privacy will be protected before they give their consent to participate in research. Confidentiality is also an important part of clinical research, as only those authorized to access personal information should be able to do so. The clinical research associate (CRA) will monitor entries made to the CRF (data clarification form) to verify that they are complete, and the completed CRFs will be retrieved and delivered to the CDM (clinical data management) team. Before new treatments or investigational procedures can be tested in humans, they must first be tested in laboratories and animal studies.
Once researchers have identified the most promising possibilities, these treatments are submitted for clinical trials in humans. All Roche employees who work in clinical trials for Roche products, as well as outside contractors who work with Roche, must strictly comply with local laws and international guidelines, conduct their research with integrity and at all times apply the highest standards of healthcare and respect patients. The informed consent process is an important part of any clinical trial. This process involves sharing information and making decisions between doctors and study participants so that everyone involved understands the objectives and values of the research. To ensure compliance with GCP guidelines, Roche provides training to employees working in clinical research and related areas. The fundamental ethical question of any clinical trial is whether the outcome of the research can reasonably be expected to benefit society without harming those enrolled in the trial.
Clinical research is very different from medical treatment received in a healthcare provider's office. To access information on Roche's clinical trial protocols, you can visit their registry and clinical trial results database. A clinical trial is a research study conducted in humans with the objective of answering specific questions about new therapies, vaccines, or diagnostic procedures, or about new ways of using known treatments. Discrepancy management (DCF), source document verification (SDV), obvious correction (SEC), and data clarification form (CRA) are all important parts of this process. Once researchers test new therapies or procedures in the laboratory and in animal studies, the most promising experimental treatments move on to clinical trials, which are carried out in phases.