23/10/2013 - New professional guidance on pharmacy services for clinical trials
The National Pharmacy Clinical Trials Advisory Group (NPCTAG), a partnership group of the RPS has produced new guidance intended for use by pharmacy staff involved with the provision of clinical trials services at policy, strategic and operational levels.
The guidance applies to all clinical trials that are regulated by the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004 and subsequent amendments and describes regulatory requirements and outlines principles of Good Clinical Practice relevant to hospital and community pharmacy practice. Further guidance about clinical trials and managing Investigational Medicinal Products in community pharmacy settings is available through the RPS pharmacy accreditation scheme – Research Ready – for community pharmacies wishing to participate in health research. The accreditation scheme is aligned with the principles of the overarching practice guidance and provides essential support for pharmacy teams – enabling them to collaborate on and host clinical trial activity in community pharmacy settings.