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Move to streamline clinical trial process

13/06/2018By Matthew Woodley • Staff Journalist
In welcome news for the ophthalmic professions, it could soon be easier for researchers and companies to establish and run clinical trials, with the Federal Government planning to develop a more streamlined process.

According to Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt, the government has been working with state and territory governments to reduce red tape and end duplication, in the hopes of developing a “one-stop-shop” for prospective researchers. Hunt said the changes would also help provide Australian patients with greater access to medical breakthroughs.

“We are providing $7 million to support states and territories to redesign their trial systems to make it easier for researchers and companies to conduct clinical trials. This will ultimately mean Australian patients get first access to the best medicines, devices and treatments in the world,” he said.

According to Hunt, the concept will be informed by a review of the clinical trial registry system in Australia, however he did not indicate when the new process would be put in place.

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