Regulatory Harmonisation of Clinical Trials in the EU by European Medicines Agency

13 September 2022

On 31 January 2022, the Clinical Trials Regulation (CTR) will come into application harmonising the submission, assessment and supervision processes for clinical trials in the European Union (EU). The backbone of the changes brought about by the CTR is the new Clinical Trials Information System (CTIS). CTIS is a single entry point for sponsors and regulators of clinical trials for the submission and assessment of clinical trial data which includes a public searchable database for healthcare professionals, patients and the general public.

In the past, sponsors had to submit clinical trial applications separately to national competent authorities (NCAs) and ethics committees in each country to gain regulatory approval to run a clinical trial, and registration and posting of results were also separate processes. With CTIS, sponsors can now apply for authorisations in up to 30 EU/EEA countries at the same time and with the same documentation. Publication of the trial information is built in the system.

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By European Medicines Agency – 25/01/2022

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