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ECRIN RKP — Result In Brief

Project ID: 511963
Funded under: FP6-LIFESCIHEALTH
Country: France

Strategies for a healthier future

Joining forces in clinical research across Europe has brought key stakeholders together to support new and more uniform treatment options for citizens as they age.
Strategies for a healthier future
With Europe's population ageing fast as baby boomers mature, there is a need to measure the effectiveness of healthcare research and improve healthcare strategies across the EU. This was the task of the EU-funded project 'European clinical research infrastructures network - Reciprocal knowledge programme' (ECRIN RKP).

The project focused on clinical research to upgrade treatment approaches and compare different strategies to find the most cost-effective ones in an effort to keep healthcare costs down. It represented a vehicle to support European research through collaboration of different EU countries, each with their own areas of expertise and unique experience. The project's main objective was to establish a single area for clinical research in Europe, promoting healthy ageing, enabling better care for the elderly and bringing new ideas to the market.

ECRIN RKP's networking initiatives have already encouraged harmonised good clinical practice, as well as more standardised training and clinical research. They have also led to improved communication among patients, citizens and health research stakeholders. Through different workgroups, the project investigated the impact of national laws on clinical studies, considering as well harmonisation of standard operating procedures (SOPs), data management and ethical issues.

These insightful results were disseminated to researchers, official investigators, scientific associations, funding agencies, industry players and other key stakeholders. With such initiatives, slowly but surely a stronger and better system of clinical research should emerge to promote and improve healthcare for the EU's ageing populations.

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