Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit awarded with UKCRC registration

14 October 2013
The Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit (CCTU) has been awarded full registration by the UKCRC CTU network – ahead of schedule.

Based in Addenbrooke’s hospital the CCTU was established in 2011 to cater for investigators of the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre, Cambridge University Hospital Partners, and the wider investigator community across the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and beyond. The CCTU received provisional UKCRC registration in summer 2012 and was invited to apply for full registration in this year’s interim review.
Professor Ian Wilkinson, Director of the CCTU and Dr Sabine Kläger, Assistant Director are both delighted that the Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit (CCTU) has been awarded full registration: “We are very proud that we achieved full registration as a relatively young unit, and would like to thank all our investigators and staff for their hard work and contributions to this important milestone.”

Director Professor Ian Wilkinson and Assistant Director Sabine Klager.The registration process has been running since 2007 to signpost available high quality expertise to carry out clinical trials in the UK. CTUs which have been awarded UKCRC Registration were required to provide evidence to an international panel of experts of their capability to centrally coordinate multi-centre clinical trials (i.e. having overall responsibility for the design, development, recruitment, data management, publicity and analysis of a portfolio of trials), and that they had established robust systems to ensure conduct and delivery of clinical trials to the highest quality standards.

Professor Tom Walley, Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) HTA Programmes said:

"The NIHR continues to recognise the important and crucial role played by Clinical Trials Units (CTUs) in helping to deliver quality research projects. This registration process confirms the international standard quality of units in the UK and that the units are capable of delivering the high-standard required. The NIHR looks forward to continuing activities in support of these registered units."