National Organisations

Association of Reasearch Ethics CommitteesAREC is an independent, self-governing body of Research Ethics Committees, local and multi-centre.
Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) is the trade association for more than 75 companies in the UK producing prescription medicines. Its member companies research, develop, manufacture and supply more than 80 per cent of the medicines prescribed through the National Health Service (NHS). The ABPI also represents companies engaged in the research and/or development of medicines for human use. In addition, its general affiliate membership is for all other organisations with an interest in the pharmaceutical industry.
Belgian College of Pharmaceutical Medicine (BCPM)The Belgian College of Pharmaceutical Medicine was created at the initiative of the two Belgian Royal Academies of Medicine and the Belgian Association of Pharmaceutical Physicians. The College was founded to promote pharmaceutical medicine, to develop, maintain and improve competence, ethical integrity and professional standards in the practice of pharmaceutical medicine and to advance knowledge in pharmaceutical medicine.
British Association of Research Quality Assurance (BARQA), UKAs an Association dedicated to informing and advancing its members, BARQA provides status and visibility for individuals concerned with the quality of research in pharmaceutical, agrochemical and chemical industry sectors. Since its inception in 1977 the Association has grown and developed to reflect regulatory changes, the impact of regulatory inspection and the changing structure and needs of industry.
British Geriatrics Society The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) is a professional association of doctors practising geriatric medicine, old age psychiatrists, general practitioners, nurses, therapists, scientists and others with a particular interest in the medical care of older people and in promoting better health in old age. It has over 2,500 members worldwide and is the only society in the UK offering specialist medical expertise in the wide range of health care needs of older people.
Dutch Medicines for Children Research Network (MCRN), DEThe MCRN will be a managed research network mapping onto existing service networks for paediatric care in the Netherlands. A first task is to work with EMEA and with the worldwide pharmaceutical industries to investigate emerging treatments for children. The network will also play a pivotal role in conducting investigator initiated research in this field.
Food & Drug Administration, USA (FDA)Part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services responsible for regulating pharmaceuticals, devices and foods in the United States.
Gene Therapy Advisory Committee (GTAC) GTAC is the UK national research ethics committee (REC) for gene therapy clinical research according to the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004. It is the only UK ethics committee empowered to approve clinical trials of gene therapy products. Under the Clinical Trials Regulations, GTAC is required to provide an ethical opinion on applications for use of products.
German Association of Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (VFA) The Association of Research-based Pharmaceutical Companies (VFA) is the trade organization of research-based pharmaceutical companies in Germany. Their research are focused on preclinical (prior to administering a drug to people) and clinical development (testing the drug on human test subjects).
German Reference Centre for Ethics in the Life Sciences (DRZE) The DRZE comprehensively provides scientific information which is required for a qualified formation of opinion and judgment in the area of ethics in the life sciences and medicine. The main focus lies in the scientific preparation of the information.
Health Research Authority (HRA)The Health Research Authority (HRA) is a newly formed NHS organisation established on 01 December 2011 as a Special Health Authority. The purpose of the HRA is to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health research.
Institute for Quality And Efficiency in Health Care (IQWIG) The German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care is an independent scientific institute that evaluates the quality and efficiency of health care. The Institute's tasks include the evaluation of pharmaceuticals, surgical procedures, diagnostic tests, clinical practice guidelines and aspects of disease management programmes, following the principles of evidence-based medicine. It also publishes health information for patients and the general public. The Institute's primary goal is to contribute to improvements in health care in Germany.
Linking Leaders: The Clinical Roundtable NetworkLinking Leaders executive roundtables provide pharmaceutical and biotech executives a forum to share insights and experiences, benchmark progress, and collaborate on solutions with like-minded peers facing similar industry challenges in a closed-door, invitation only setting. This forum presents a unique platform that brings together an exclusive community of senior-level executives to brainstorm new ways to influence innovation in executing clinical trials. Participants benefit from exclusive access to the latest thinking and full-day, intensive networking and idea exchange with industry peers.
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is the UK government agency which is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work, and are acceptably safe. The MHRA is an executive agency of the Department of Health.
Medicines for Children Research Network (MCRN), UKThe MCRN has the central objective of developing and providing drugs that are both safe and effective in the treatment of children. The Network aims to provide leadership and a world-class environment to conduct clinical trials of medicinal products for children throughout the whole range of healthcare, and includes the active involvement of children. The MCRN aims to provide considerable benefit for children through the new knowledge gained by excellent research and the improvements in care.
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)NICE is a UK independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health. NICE guidance is developed using the expertise of the NHS and the wider healthcare community including NHS staff, healthcare professionals, patients, industry and the academic world.
National Patient Safety AgencyCreated in the UK, the NPSA aims to put patient safety at the top of the NHS agenda through encouraging greater transparency and accountability for the provision of safer healthcare in all settings. Their National Research Ethics Service works with colleagues in the UK to maintain a UK-wide system of ethical review that protects the safety, dignity and well being of research participants, whilst facilitating and promoting ethical research within the NHS.
Office for Human Research Protections, USAAn office in the United States Department of Health and Human Services responsible for overseeing protections for human participants in research.
PAED-Net: A German Paediatric Network PAED-Net is a network of experts which was established to provide a professional infrastructure for multicenter studies in paediatric subjects. Qualified centers (paediatric hospitals, outpatient clinics etc.) were assembled for the network with the aim of conducting clinical trials. The PAED-Net is working according to international standards (ICH-GCP), supporting pharmaceutical companies and thereby improving drug approval for paediatric medicines by supporting relevant studies.
PhRMAThe Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the leading research-based pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the United States. PhRMA's mission is winning advocacy for public policies that encourage the discovery of life-saving and life enhancing new medicines for patients by pharmaceutical/biotechnology research companies.


      European Institutions

Council of EuropeA European inter-governmental organisation representing 43 independent countries. The Steering Committee on Bioethics (CDBI) promotes discussion on bioethics at the government level in Europe.
EudraLex Collection: Volume 10 - Clinical trialsA webpage within the site of the European Commission about the rules governing medicinal products in the European Union. Volume 10 concerns Clinical trials.
European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal ProductsThe regulatory agency coordinating the registration of medicinal products between the 27 European Union Member States.
European CommissionThe division of the European Union responsible for drafting and implementing legislation.
European Commission: Pharmaceuticals – Latest newsA webpage within the site of the European Commission containing the latest news about Pharmaceuticals.
European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines (EDQM) The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines of the Council of Europe is responsible for the Technical Secretariat of the European Pharmacopoeia Commission. It provides support activities related to use of the European Pharmacopoeia. The EDQM organises general market surveillance studies on products marketed throughout Europe (36 countries).
Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)The Innovative Medicines Initiative is a unique Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between the pharmaceutical industry represented by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) and the European Communities represented by the European Commission.


      European Organisations

Alliance for European Diabetes Research (EURADIA)As a unique alliance of NGOs and pharmaceutical companies, EURADIA’s mission is to improve the lives of people affected by diabetes both now and in the future, through advocacy of diabetes research in Europe at the highest political and societal levels of influence, and by shaping the allocation of resources for diabetes research in Europe through increased awareness.
EuropaBioEuropaBio's mission is to promote an innovative and dynamic biotechnology-based industry in Europe. EuropaBio, (the European Association for Bioindustries), has 81 corporate and associate members operating worldwide and 25 national biotechnology associations representing some 1800 small and medium sized enterprises.
European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP)The European Academy of Paediatrics exists to promote the health of children and young people in Europe. It aims to improve standards in training, service and research and to represent the professional interests of paediatricians in the EU. It incorporates the section of paediatrics of the European Union of Medical Specialists and therefore has influence in the political arena to advocate for children and young people as well as for the profession.
European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) Founded in 1991 as a co-operative structure of people from different nationalities, the European AIDS Treatment Group is a growing group of treatment activists from 31 European countries. To secure its impartiality the EATG receives funding from a variety of private and public funders. One of their guiding principles is to reflect the diversity of people living with HIV and their advocates. Our new website provides the opportunity to share information in a more effective way.
European Association for research on alternating hemiplegia (ENRAH) ENRAH is a patient-driven non-profit organization founded in Vienna, Austria in April 2003 to forward research on Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC) and other related rare pediatric neurological diseases by bringing together patients and their families with competent clinicians and relevant researchers. ENRAH combines relevant expertise to create the interface for sustainable research and the development of new treatments for these diseases.
European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC)Established in 2003, The European Cancer Patient Coalition is the voice of the European cancer patient community, uniquely representing the interests of all cancer patient groups from the major to the rarer cancers. It has been established to represent the views of cancer patients in the European healthcare debate and to provide a forum for European cancer patients to exchange information and share best practice experiences.
European Clinical Research Infrastructures Network (ECRIN)Based on the connection of national networks of clinical research centres and clinical trials units, the EU-funded ECRIN programme consists of integrating national clinical research facilities into a EU-wide network, able to provide support to clinical research in any medical field, and for any type of clinical research.
European Federation for Pharmaceuticals Sciences (EUFEPS)The European Federation for Pharmaceutical Sciences (EUFEPS) is the only pan-European body to represent the interests of scientists in industry, academia, government and other institutions engaged in drug research, development, regulation and policymaking through Europe. Founded in 1991, it is there to serve and advance excellence in the pharmaceutical sciences and innovative drug research.
European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA)The European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA) brings together European umbrella organisations of neurological patient advocacy groups, to work with other associations in the field of neurology, including the European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS), in what has been termed a "Partnership for Progress".
European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)EFPIA represents the pharmaceutical industry operating in Europe. Through its direct membership of 32 national associations and 44 leading pharmaceutical companies, EFPIA is the voice on the EU scene of 2,100 companies committed to researching, developing and bringing to patients new medicines that improve health and the quality of life around the world.
European Genetic Alliances’ Network (EGAN)EGAN is an alliance of national genetic alliances and European disease specific patient groups with a special interest in genetics, genomics and biotechnology. EGAN is working for a voice in research and health policy and seeks a world in which genetic diseases are understood, effectively treated, prevented and the people affected supported.
European LeukemiaNet (ELN)European FP6 Project aiming at strengthening and developing scientific and technological excellence in research and therapy of leukemia (CML, AML, ALL, CLL, MDS, CMPD) by integration of the leading national leukemia networks and their interdisciplinary partner groups in Europe
European Medical Association (EMA)The EMA’s mission is to: . add a European dimension and value to the daily doctor’s practice . bring together individuals and organisations working in the European Health Community . provide a meeting point between East and West . create an interactive network for its members . contribute to the harmonisation of the European Medical practice
European Network for the Advancement of Clinical Gene Transfer and Therapy EC funded network of excellence fostering interaction of all stakeholders in the field in order to facilitate and help harmonise Ethical, Quality, Safety, Efficacy and Regulatory issues.
European Older People's Platform (AGE)AGE - the European Older People's Platform is a European network of organisations of people aged 50+ and represents over 22 millions older people in Europe. AGE aims to voice and promote the interests of the 150 millions inhabitants aged 50+ in the European Union and to raise awareness of the issues that concern them most.
European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)The aims of the EORTC are to develop, conduct, coordinate and stimulate laboratory and clinical research in Europe to improve the management of cancer and related problems by increasing survival but also patients’ quality of life.
European Patients Forum (EPF)EPF is a pan European patients� representative organisation manifesting the solidarity, power and unity of the EU patients� movement. EPF currently represents 49 member organisations, which are chronic disease specific patient organisations operating at EU level and national coalitions of patients� organisations. EPF reflects the voice of an estimated 150 million patients affected by various diseases in the EU and their families.
European Platform for Patients Organisations, Science & Industry (EPPOSI) The EPPOSI is a EU patient-led partnership between patients, industry and academic science, founded in 1994 for the exchange of information and discussion of policies in EU human healthcare.
European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO)The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) is the leading European non-profit, professional organisation for medical oncology promoting multidisciplinary cancer treatment around the world.
European Standards and Guidance on Privacy and Confidentiality in Healthcare EuroSOCAP is a European Commission funded project to confront and address some of the challenges and tensions created within the healthcare sector between the anticipated scenarios of the user friendly information society and the fundamental ethical requirements of privacy and confidentiality of healthcare information. The Project aimed to build an accessible knowledge base, a set of standards and guidance which will inform professional practice, supporting practice as well as protecting patients, throughout the healthcare sector of the European community. Particular attention was paid to the requirements of vulnerable patient populations.
EURORDISThe European Organisation for Rare Diseases, EURORDIS, is a patient-driven alliance of patient organisations and individuals active in the field of rare diseases. Eurordis’ mission is to build a strong pan-European community of patient organisations and people living with rare diseases, to be their voice at the European level, and - directly or indirectly - to fight against the impact of rare diseases on their lives.
Heads of Agencies (HoA) This is the common website for the human and veterinary medicines authorities in Europe. The Heads of Member States Competent Authorities meet regularly to provide a focus for leadership within the Community System of Medicines Regulation, and to provide a forum for the exchange of views on issues of Community interest.


      International Organisations

African Malaria Network Trust (AMANET)The mission of AMANET is to promote capacity strengthening and networking of malaria research and development in Africa.
Appraisal of Guidelines Research and Evaluation (AGREE)AGREE is an international collaboration of researchers and policy makers who work together to improve the quality and effectiveness of clinical practice guidelines by establishing a shared framework for their development, reporting and assessment.
Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP)AAHRPP offers accreditation to research organisations that provide comprehensive protections to research participants. The accreditation is voluntary, peer-driven and educational.
Association of Clinical Research Professionnals (ACRP)The mission of ACRP is to provide global leadership to promote integrity and excellence for the clinical research profession. ACRP is the catalyst to bring the team together to educate and certify that clinical research professionals are effectively protecting human subjects and ethically performing clinical trials. is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. This information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals.
Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS)An international, nongovernmental, non-profit-making organisation facilitating and promoting international activities in the field of biomedical sciences.
Drug Information Association (DIA)DIA is a professional association of more than 18,000 members worldwide who are involved in the discovery, development, regulation, surveillance, or marketing of pharmaceuticals or related products. DIA is committed to the broad dissemination of information among its members, with continuously improved professional practice as the goal. DIA serves its members in a neutral, global environment that operates independent of the influence of any one organization or authority.
Forum for Ethical Review Committees in Asia & the Western Pacific (FERCAP)The Asian network for developing capacity in ethical review.
Geriatric Medicines SocietyCreating awareness of Geriatric Medicines as a challenge of the society and constantly expanding the number of experts the Geriatric Medicines Initiative decided in March 2010 to officially form the “Geriatric Medicines Society” to serve as a multidisciplinary network place to address the challenge of medicines for older patients from a holistic perspective.
Global Forum for Bioethics in ResearchA global collaborative project promoting discussion on major ethical issues in international research involving human subjects.
Global Forum for Health ResearchAn independent organisation focused on correcting the 10/90 gap and focus research efforts on the health problems of the poor by improving the allocation of research funds and by facilitating collaboration among partners in both the public and private sectors.
Guidelines International Network (GIN) The Guidelines International Network is a major international initiative involving organisations from around the world. G-I-N seeks to improve the quality of health care by promoting systematic development of clinical practice guidelines and their application into practice.
International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH)An independent organisation bringing together the regulatory authorities of Europe, Japan and the United States and experts from the pharmaceutical industry in the three regions to discuss scientific and technical aspects of product registration.
International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA)An independent organisation representing the worldwide research-based pharmaceutical industry and manufacturers of prescription medicines generally. The IFPMA fosters the exchange of information within the international industry and the development of policy.
International Glaucoma Association (IGA)The IGA is a registered charity which offers advice and support to glaucoma sufferers, campaigns for improved glaucoma services for glaucoma patients and aims to increase public awareness of glaucoma. We also fund considerable clinical research into the nature and treatment of the condition.
International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR)An independent organisation dedicated to helping to build capacity for cancer treatment and research in countries in which such capacity is presently limited.
Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)An inter-governmental organisation aimed at preventing the transmission of HIV, providing care and support, reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV/AIDS, and alleviating the impact of the epidemic.
Mesothelioma SpecialistsThe Mesothelioma Guide will help you finding the nation's best doctors, treatment facilities, and clinical trials
Mesothelioma TreatmentWebsite reaching out to the community to provide up-to-date support, information, and education to mesothelioma patients and family members. The information provided is also focused on on the treatments that are available for those diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Nuffield Council on Bioethics The Nuffield Council on Bioethics examines ethical issues raised by new developments in biology and medicine. Established by the Nuffield Foundation in 1991, the Council is an independent body, funded jointly by the Foundation, the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust.
Paediatric European Network for Treatment of AIDS PENTA was established as a collaboration between paediatric HIV centres in Europe. The foundation serves as an umbrella for the PENTA clinical trials network as well as for future work in training and cohort collaborations.
Strategic Initiative for Developing Capacity in Ethical Review (SIDCER)The global network for establishing best practices in ethical review.
The Wellcome TrustA medical research charity in the United Kingdom whose mission is to foster and promote research with the aim of improving human and animal health.
UNDP / World Bank / WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR/WHO)An independent global programme of scientific collaboration established in 1975 and co-sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO). TDR WHO aims to help coordinate, support and influence global efforts to combat a portfolio of major diseases of the poor and disadvantaged.
UNESCOAn inter-governmental organisation dedicated to contributing to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication in order to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms.
UNESCO Global Ethics Observatory (GEObs)UNESCO has recently launched a project of establishing a worldwide network of databases in bioethics and in other areas of applied ethics. This network, called the Global Ethics Observatory (GEObs), consists of several databases including a database of ethics institutions, a database of experts in the field of ethics, a database of ethics teaching programs and a database of legislation, guidelines and regulations relating to ethics. GEObs is made accessible to all Member States of UNESCO as well as to the general public through the UNESCO website free of charge.
World Health Organization (WHO)An inter-governmental organisation whose objective is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
World Medical Association (WMA)An independent confederation of Medical Associations from different countries representing physicians from all sectors, medical specialities and regions of the world.



Eudipharm-Evaluation and Development of Health Products MasterEudipharm is a 2-year european course leading to a european diploma in pharmaceutical medicine.
Online Courses ProjectThe Online Courses Project is a free and comprehensive resource collecting open college courses with videos, audio lectures, and notes given by professors at Harvard, Princeton and MIT in different fields such as Health and Medicine Nursing, Science and Engineering and many others.
PharmaTrainPharmaTrain (Pharmaceutical Medicines Training Programme) aims at fostering the overall understanding and competence for successful execution of integrated drug development and life-cycle managements of medicines through frontier training methods and programme content. PharmaTrain will identify needs and build and implement new training programmes in pharmaceutical medicine/drug development sciences as well as drug regulatory sciences.
PHARMEDThe purpose of PHARMED is to provide a specific training for the various functions held in drug companies by physicians, pharmacists, doctors in veterinary medicine and masters and Ph.Ds. in sciences.
The Conference WebsiteThe Conference Website is a free website created to meet the Medical Courses and Medical Conferences needs. Designed and run by a Doctor, it can help you find the best Conferences and Courses in any Medical Specialty.
The European Patients' Academy on Therapeutic Innovation (EUPATI) The 'European Patients' Academy on Therapeutic Innovation' (EUPATI) is a European project funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), a public private partnership between the European Commission and EFPIA. Starting on 1 February 2012, this patient-led academy will develop educational material, training courses and a public Internet library to educate patient representatives and the lay public about all processes involved in medicines development. Topics will include personalised and predictive medicine, design and conduct of clinical trials, drug safety and risk/benefit assessment, pharmaco-economics as well as patient involvement in drug development. EUPATI will provide educational material in six European languages targeting eleven European countries.
Training and Resources in Research Ethics Evaluation (TRREE)TRREE is a multi-lingual web-based training program and capacity building initiative on the ethics of research involving humans. It is headed by a consortium of interested persons from Northern and Southern countries. This site provides free-of-charge and open access to: •e-Learning: a distance learning program and certification on research ethics evaluation & •e-Resources: a participatory web-site with international, regional and national regulatory and policy resources


      Electronic Journals

AIDS (1997 onwards)Perhaps the leading journal on the AIDS pandemic. Free Access to full-text.
American Family Physician (1996 onwards)Official clinical journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Free Access to full-text.
Applied Clinical Trials (2001 onwards)Applied Clinical Trials is the first global information resource about the process of managing clinical trials and meets its readers at the intersection where pharmaceutical product developers meet the strictly regulated medical researchers who test their new drugs. ACT provides a forum where both groups can communicate their needs and wishes to one another.
British Medical Journal (1996 onwards) Produced by the BMJ Publishing Group of the BMA. Free Access to full-text.
Bulletin of the World Health Organization: International Journal of Public Health (1999 onwards) A publication of the World Health Organization.
Health Affairs (1995 onwards) Published since 1981 by the nonprofit foundation Project HOPE, USA. A journal of health policy and managed care. Web access provides: free full-text articles from the current issue, indexes of past issues and table of contents of past issues.
International Journal of Epidemiology (1996 onwards) Tables of Contents and Abstracts are freely available to everyone, for issues published since 1996. Full-text articles are available from Volume 25 Issue 1 onwards.
JAMA (1995 onwards) Produced by the American Medical Association. Free access to some full-text articles (older issues) and access to Table of Contents and Abstracts of recent issues.
Medical Ethics & Bioethics (1994 onwards)Journal of the Institute of Medical Ethics and Bioethics n. f. (Bratislava, Slovak Republic), quaterly/biannual. Sections devoted to members and �users� of ethic committees. Additional focus on Central and South-Eastern Europe. Original papers, reviews and documents published in Slovak or English (with abstracts in both languages). Excerpted into Medline database. All issues published available for a free download (in PDF).
Nature (1997 onwards) The full text of available beginning with the 20 June 1997. Password allows one user at a time to access the full-text.
Nature Medicine (1997 onwards)The full text of available beginning with the 20 June 1997. Password allows one user at a time to access the full-text.
Science (1995 onwards) Published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, with assistance of Stanford University's HighWire Press.
The Lancet (1996 onwards) Subscribers can view in full text the complete content of all Lancets published since December 6, 1997. In addition, subscribers and registered users can view the contents list of all Lancets published since May 31, 1996, plus a limited selection of items in full text and summary format from these journals. Journals published before May 31, 1996 are not available on the site in any form.
The New England Journal of Medicine (1990 onwards) The full text of available beginning with the first issue of 1993. In addition, the database for searches includes the citations for all articles published since 1990.

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