Clinical Trials BC
Information for Researchers
As part of the Michael Smith Health Research BC, Clinical Trials BC supports researchers and investigators in developing expertise in clinical research processes, quality assurance and budgets. We also provide access to provincial tools and resources.
Conducting clinical trials in BC
Our world-class clinical trial investigators and globally certified research coordinators have conducted over 1,300 trials every year. If you are a new researcher or a researcher looking to refresh your skills and knowledge, Clinical Trials BC is here to help.
Learn more about Continuing Education and Training.
Clinical Trials BC provides webinars to share current information on clinical trials in BC. One of our offerings is our signature webinar series, ASK US, which is held at various times throughout the year. We invite speakers who are experts and in senior positions to help answer the questions raised and encourage further discussion on related topics.
Learn more about specific Ask Us sessions.
Missed a webinar? No problem.
Clinical Trial Management System
Clinical Trials BC is proud to provide provincial research organizations and their investigators with a provincially harmonized, cloud-based clinical trial management system (CTMS).
Formal regulatory consulting
Clinical Trials BC offers a range of regulatory consulting services for sites, qualified investigators and sponsors involved in or planning for clinical trials in BC. Consultations help provide support for trials across all stages including strategic planning, development, in progress or archiving. We cover all therapeutic areas: radiopharmaceuticals, pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices, NNHPs, and combination or advanced therapeutic products.
Our services include:
- General inquiries: For regulations and compliance issues
- Interpretive application: Concerns requiring explanation of applicable regulations (e.g. domestic, multi-regional, multi-regulatory authority)
- Study development: Providing a regulatory lens for complex or multi-regional studies
- Regulatory site visit and assessment: Site, program or institutional support or training on topics such as vendor qualification, internal review guidance, regulatory peer review of quality-controlled documents, etc.
- Audit and inspection preparation and follow-up assistance: At the site, study, program or institutional level
- Regulatory document review
We focus on Phase 1- 4 domestic and international coordinating centres or multi-regional clinical trials involving BC, which are generally more complex in nature. In 2021, our largest users are academic centres/programs and health authorities, although we have seen increasing community interest. There was a notable shift in consults during the early months of 2021, as many trials were restarted or resumed development after COVID-19 related pauses or closures.
Networking and professional associations
Networking with other clinical research professionals is an opportunity to share and learn new information. Below are a few resources for researchers interested in getting to know others in the industry
Clinical Research Professionals of BC (CRPBC)
CRPBC is an informal, inclusive group of more than 450 clinical research professionals who work primarily in BC’s Lower Mainland. It provides networking and professional development opportunities for everyone working in the clinical research profession. Visit www.crpbc.org for information about their speaker series and more.
Clinical Trials BC also partners with a number of organizations to provide professional development opportunities for clinical researchers in BC. This includes ACRP, SOCRA and N2. For more information, see Continuing Education and Training.