Clinical trial patient safety is always a priority. When you participate in a clinical trial, you can be assured that:
- The ethical and legal codes that govern a medical practice also apply to clinical trials.
- Every clinical trial in the United States must be approved and monitored by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to make sure the risks are as low as possible and are worth any potential benefits. An IRB is an independent committee of physicians, statisticians, community advocates and others who ensure a clinical trial is ethical and participants’ rights are protected. Many countries around the world have similar review boards and regulations.
- A clinical trial follows a detailed protocol, which explains exactly how researchers must conduct the trial. As a clinical trial progresses, researchers report the results of the trial at scientific meetings and in medical journals as well as to various government agencies. Individual clinical trial volunteers’ names are never revealed.
- If you do not want to continue participation in the clinical trial for any reason, you may stop at any time.
- All trials involve some form of risk. However, the risks are always evaluated closely.