7 Sep 2011

Clinical trial process to be streamlined

10:02 am on 7 September 2011

The Government says it's going to streamline and simplify the application process for those wanting to conduct clinical trials of medicines, medical devices or therapies in this country.

The decision announced on Tuesday follows a critical report on the clinical trials environment from Parliament's health select committee.

In the report, released in June, the parliamentary committee said ethical reviews of clinical trials are far too slow and bureaucratic and changes are urgently needed to boost New Zealand's ability to conduct such trials.

Health Minister Tony Ryall says the Government accepts many of the recommendations from the select committee.

He says changes will be made during the next 10 to provide better procedures, speed up decision-making and make the applications process easier.

Mr Ryall says that will ensure ethics committees are more efficient and open, with a clearer focus on protecting those who participate in high-risk research.