Survey on centralization of research ethics review for multicenter clinical trials in Japan

Akihiro Inano, Eiji Uchida, Yusuke Inoue, Hideo Kusuoka, Shimon Tashiro, Junichi Hasegawa, Noriko Morishita, Toshiyuki Sasaguri

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Abstract

We conducted a survey on centralization of research ethics review for multicenter clinical trials under the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devises Law and calculated thedeinstitutionalization (referred to review not conducted by local IRB)rate for each type of clinical trial. We confirmed a trend of increase in overall deinstitutionalization rate from FY2008 to FY2013. The rate was 64.5% for phase III clinical trials in FY2013. However, the rate was extremely low in oncology trials, and was only 6.5%. Using our summarized data, we estimated that the resource spent on initial reviews for multicenter clinical trials amounted to 2 billion yen in 5 years. In the whole clinical trial arena, we need to consider carefully the balance between safeguarding research ethics and ensuring efficiency of the resource spent for this purpose.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-167
Number of pages9
JournalJapanese Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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