ECRIN's latest news for partners - December 2016 issue
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Spotlight: CRIGH Kickoff

The kick-off meeting for the Clinical Research Initiative for Global Health (CRIGH) was held from 12 to 13 October in Paris, France. 

CRIGH aims to serve as a support structure for international collaboration on clinical research for the benefit of patients, healthcare professionals, and health systems.

The initiative will optimise clinical research programs in participating countries, develop global standards on clinical research, and promote the take-up of innovative methodology and technologies.

CRIGH will enter into force on 1 January 2017. As of now, the initiative has 13 signatories to the consortium agreement. Read the full story

New Clinical Trials

ECRIN's core activity is the provision of trial management support to multinational clinical trials.

In 2016, we received funding for 11 new clinical trials: six from Horizon 2020, one from the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), and four from E-Rare, a European Research Area Network (ERA-Net) for research programmes on rare diseases. 

See the portfolio of ECRIN's current and past clinical trials

New Capacity Building Projects

Paediatric Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (PedCRIN)

ECRIN received a positive funding decision for the PedCRIN project. Set to start in January 2017, it will bring together ECRIN and the European Paediatric Clinical Trial Research Infrastructure (EPCTRI) to develop tools for the management of paediatric and neonatal clinical trials and to support the conduct of pilot trials.

PedCRIN has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 731046. Read the full story

European Research Infrastructures in the International Landscape (RISCAPE)

ECRIN will also be involved in another project set to start early 2017: RISCAPE. The project will provide a comprehensive, peer-reviewed international landscape analysis report on the position and complementarities of the major European research infrastructures. 

ECRIN will lead work on biomedical sciences and will draft a landscape analysis report in the biomedical sector. RISCAPE has received funding from Horizon 2020 under grant agreement number 730974.

European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Pilot

ECRIN will be participating in the newly funded EOSC pilot project to enhance medical data sharing on the cloud in Europe. EOSC has received funding from Horizon 2020 under grant agreement number 739563.

Learn more about ECRIN capacity building projects

Data Centre Certification

The ECRIN Data Centre Certification programme identifies non-commercial clinical trial units (CTUs) demonstrating that they can provide safe, secure, compliant and efficient management of clinical research data. Here we highlight the current opportunities to expand this programme beyond Europe.

Project Funded for Certification in Mozambique

ECRIN has received funding from the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) to prepare and conduct a certification audit of a data centre for malaria trials in Mozambique: the Mahica Health Centre.

Japanese Partner Interested in Certification

ECRIN's Japanese partner, the Foundation for Biomedical Research & Innovation (FBRI), is particularly interested in ECRIN's data centre certification programme, and has asked for audits and certification of data centres in Japan. 

Learn more about ECRIN data centre certification

Upcoming Event

International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD) 2017

ECRIN will hold a meeting in honour of ICTD 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal from 18 to 19 May, 2017. Learn more about ICTD


PtCRIN Article

ECRIN and its Portuguese national partner have authored a new article called "Investigator-initiated clinical trials conducted by the Portuguese Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (PtCRIN)". Access the article (open source)


A new paper has been published on an ECRIN-supported trial, DISCHARGE: "Computed tomography versus invasive coronary angiography: design and methods of the pragmatic randomised multicentre DISCHARGE trial". ECRIN's Operations Director and German European Correspondent are listed among the authors. Access the article (not open source)

Blog Post on Quality

ECRIN's quality team has written a blog post on "Useful data: developing standards for describing clinical research data across repositories". Read the blog


The European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN) is a non-profit intergovernmental organisation that supports multinational clinical trials in Europe.

With a focus on investigator-led studies, we provide diverse services and tools for the preparation, validation and implementation of trials. We also participate in projects aiming to facilitate and enhance collaboration on clinical research in Europe and globally. 

ECRIN has nine Member and Observer Countries, with others about to join.

ECRIN's "distributed infrastructure" includes a Paris-based Core Team, European Correspondents working in-country, and national scientific partners. In Member/Observer Countries, partners include:

ECRIN can support investigators to develop EU funding applications for multinational clinical trials, and then provide trial management services.

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