National Clinical Trial Coordination Initiatives

SCRI and National Medical Research Council (NMRC) have been appointed as joint secretariat in a high level Clinical Trial Implementation Committee set up by the Ministry of Health. Clinical Trial Implementation Committee (CTIC) aims to improve the efficiency of clinical trials in Singapore. SCRI works with key stakeholders in public healthcare institutions and government agencies to implement the following strategic initiatives.

Tackle lengthy time in CTA negotiation

SCRI augments comprehensive one-stop legal services to assist institutions without in-house legal support. The services provided streamlines the negotiation process to reduce the time required for Clinical Trial Agreement (CTA) negotiations and achieve faster clinical trial initiation for commercial trials.

Driving CRCs’ training and career path framework

Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) play an important role in clinical research. CRCs oversee the day-to-day activities involved in trials and provide invaluable support to the investigators. SCRI will develop training programmes for CRCs to acquire more advance skills to better support clinical trials. SCRI will also work with healthcare institutions to devise a CRCs career path framework.

Create performance metrics to track clinical trial efficiency

A National Clinical Trial Dashboard is developed to track and measure the performance and efficiency of clinical trials – recruitment rates and publications. The dashboard provides SCRI the opportunity to mitigate underlying issues that resulted delays in clinical trials.

Harmonise institutional ethics boards review system

On 22 May 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between SingHealth and the National Healthcare Group (NHG) – to implement mutual recognition of Institutional Review Board (IRB) approvals. This initiative promotes a more robust IRB system with aligned processes, shortening start-up times and reducing costs for multi-institutional clinical trials.

Increase public awareness on clinical research in Singapore

SCRI launched an SG50 commemorative book titled Saving Lives Through Clinical Research: A journey of Singapore’s scientific leadership on 28 Sep 2015. To the man on the street, the book provides a snapshot of the collective achievements that have propelled the reputation of Singapore’s research expertise worldwide. Those interested in the e-book can download it for free here.