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Clinical Trials

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the hospitals in Northern Ireland in which clinical trials take place; and if he will make a statement. (77382)

All hospitals in Northern Ireland can potentially carry out clinical trials of medicinal products as long as the chief investigator has successfully completed the Research Governance Process including having a favourable ethical opinion from a recognised NHS/HPSS Research Ethics Committee (Ref: UK Clinical Trials Regulation (2004)).

Since February 2004 and the establishment of the HPSS Research Ethics Committees (RECs), 21 Northern Ireland-based clinical trials of investigational medicinal products have been given a favourable ethical opinion. The trials are occurring in the following hospital trusts:

Number of trials

Royal Group of Hospitals HSS Trust


Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust


Greenpark Healthcare HSS Trust (primarily Musgrave Park Hospital)


Craigavon Area Hospital Group HSS Trust


Ulster Community and Hospitals HSS Trust


I fully support the work of the HPSS RECs and the Office for Research Ethics Committees in Northern Ireland (ORECNI) in their mission to maintain a Research Ethics Service to protect the rights, dignity and welfare of research participants within the HPSS/NHS, and to protect the rights of researchers to perform ethical research and legitimate investigation.