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The BCTP serves both patients and companies by supporting the stakeholders involved in conducting clinical trials. The BCTP participates in the initial stages of a trial, from the final version of the protocol and site selection to submission to ethics committees and the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Medical Devices (AEMPS) and signing of the contract. The BCTP isn't a CRO (contract research organization); it guides the project through feasibility analysis (identifying sites and selecting researchers), budgeting (rate convergence among sites, shared templates, trust and support), the regulatory authorization process (regulatory aspects) and ethics evaluation, as well as the contracting process (contract template and negotiation parallel to authorization).
The BCTP offers trial sponsors (pharmaceutical laboratories, contract research organizations [CROs], scientific companies and public agencies that fund clinical research) a single point of access to the leading clinical trial hospitals and research centers in Catalonia.
When the BCTP is fully operational, through a confidentiality agreement, it will offer trial sponsors relevant information like the CVs and clinical trial research experience of the Platform’s specialists, centralized information for feasibility studies, suitability certificates for the facilities, validation of standard equipment and unified management of ethical evaluations and contracts, among other services.
The BCTP will help researchers obtain certification in Good Clinical Practice training, facilitate recruitment by creating internal networks of patients and publish a list of trials underway.
The BCTP is working to share internationally certified and authorized equipment among the centers, and also to make managing clinical trial documents more effective and lightening the administrative load.
The BCTP helps patients understand what a clinical trial is, as well as their rights and duties when participating.
With this desire to serve patients, the BCTP is preparing to develop a service to raise awareness of clinical trials underway in Catalonia. On the BCTP website, patients will be able to express their interest in participating in a clinical trial and see some of the results of the trials they have participated in.