Joint Research Office


NIHR launches Clinical Trials Toolkit

16 January 2013

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has launched a new Clinical Trials (CT) Toolkit website, designed to guide researchers to set up and manage clinical trials in line with regulatory requirements.

Based on the design of a tube map, the CT Toolkit uses an interactive colour-coded routemap to differentiate between legal and good practice requirements. This provides essential information at the 'stations' along the route and gives the users an idea of the critical path for trial set-up and delivery. 

Although largely aimed at those involved in publicly funded Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPs), the CT Toolkit will benefit researchers and R&D staff working on trials in other areas.

Professor Dame Sally C. Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health said: 

"Clinical trials are essential for testing treatments and ensuring we have the best possible evidence so that NHS patients receive high quality care,

"It remains as important as ever to ensure trials are well designed and feasible: the CT Toolkit will help researchers to ensure that trial set-up and management processes are as efficient as possible." 

To visit the Clinical Trials Toolkit website click here.