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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

11

Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust

5

Greenpark Healthcare HSS Trust (primarily Musgrave Park Hospital)

3

Craigavon Area Hospital Group HSS Trust

1

Ulster Community and Hospitals HSS Trust

1

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.