About Clinical Trials
Each year, millions of people volunteer to participate in clinical trials.
Clinical trials are a key part of developing and proving new therapies and treatments for disease.
Clinical trials are research studies that are carefully designed to answer specific questions concerning the safety and effectiveness of a drug, treatment, or diagnostic method, or to find ways to improve patients' quality of life.
Clinical trials allow researchers to find out how different patients respond to treatments while carefully monitoring the health and safety of the patients who volunteer.
All new medical treatments, including cardiology and diabetes treatments, flu-shots and stop-smoking aids, must go through the clinical trials process before they can be approved for sale or general use. Existing treatments that may be useful in treating another condition or disease will also be available first through clinical trials.
All clinical research must be approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee before volunteers can be asked to participate. The success of clinical research, and the development of new treatments, is dependent on volunteer participation in these trials or studies.