The way clinical trials are conducted in the EU will undergo a major change when the Clinical Trial Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 536/2014) comes into application. The Regulation harmonises the assessment and supervision processes for clinical trials throughout the EU, via a Clinical Trials Information System (CTIS). CTIS will contain the centralised EU portal and database for clinical trials foreseen by the Regulation and will be used by clinical trial sponsors as a single entry point in the EU to obtain approval for clinical trials based on applications and for monitoring clinical trials during their life cycle, including the submission of summary of results.

Clinical Trial Information System (CTIS) Go-live is planned for December 2021.  Anticipating the needs from the CTIS-users, the European Medicines Agency has developed a training strategy to provide them with the skills, capabilities and knowledge needed to successfully adopt CTIS. A strong online presence of training modules is foreseen for all user groups to ensure equal access for all. Self-training based on e-learning solutions and training materials (user guides, short videos, FAQ sheets, etc.) which will gradually be made available from January 2021 on EMA's website, as well as various live online training sessions.

Training programmes for CTIS

Due to the high volume of end-users representing commercial industry sponsors, Small to medium Enterprises (SMEs), and non-commercial sponsors including academia, three main programmes streams have been envisaged:

First Stream: Sponsor Master Trainers

This concept is based on the train-the-trainer approach, and aims to provide training in the functionalities of CTIS for all CTIS roles available for sponsors. It is primarily intended for commercial pharmaceutical industry sponsors and Contract Research Organisations (CROs), that are likely to submit several clinical trial applications and have several CTIS users in various organisation models. The programme is offered by EMA with the organisational support of DIA.

Due date for application: 16th of February 2021

Training starts: Q2 2021

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Second Stream: Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and non-commercial sponsors (e.g. academic sponsors)

This will be done through compact and tailored materials about key CTIS functionalities and dedicated training events. The first training event will be organised by the EMA, free of charge. The webinar is divided into two days - 22nd of February and 4th of March.

Due date for application: 29th of January 2021

Training starts: Q2 2021

Additional information is available on the EMA events page.

Third Stream: end-users from all sponsor groups

This programme aims to provide training for end-users in their role-specific functionalities (e.g. administrator, preparer, submitter). This stream will be initiated closer to CTIS Go-live in Q4 of 2021.

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Publisert: 03.02.2021

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