COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis we cannot overcome with national measures alone. Unfortunately, it currently shows that we cannot solely rely on governments if it comes to confronting this pandemic in solidarity and thereby saving lives all over the world - including those areas where conditions to fight the virus are so much worse than in our own wealthy countries.

We at CliPS therefore support the WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Only together we are able to act in solidarity on a global scale. We thus kindly ask all visitors of our webiste to inform themselves about the WHO COVID-19 Soldarity Response Fund. The Fund relies on a global network in order to make donating as easy as possible. For Europe the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation is coordinating the collection of donations using the Transnational Giving Europe (TGE) network. Please visit the website of your local TGE partner organization in order to donate and to find out more about possible tax deductions.

Thank you and stay healthy!

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Implications of COVID-19 Pandemic on Clinical Trials

The drastic actions taken to fight the current COVID-19 pandemic pose enormous challenges for the conduct of clinical trials on medicinal products and medical devices in accordance with the pertinent rules and regulations. Patients may not be able to come to the investigational sites for their study visits according to the protocol. Thus, their supply with investigational products might be interrupted. The usual sponsor monitoring of the conduct of clinical trials at the investigational sites is hardly possible under the current conditions. Sponsors and investigators therefore face the need to find solutions that would under normal circumstances not comply with applicable regulatory requirements.
In this exceptional situation regulatory authorities, ethics committees and other institutions publish guidances and recommendations for actions to be taken in clinical trials.
This article attempts to summarize the various available recommendations for the current and very dynamic situation.

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Scientists for Future

Under the motto "Fridays for Future" jung people all around the world campaign for a more vigorous fight against climate change. Likewise, in many German towns pupils and students came out on strike every Friday in order to publicly call attention to their cause.

We at CliPS think that this commitment is admirable und we are delighted to see that numerous scientists have meanwhile gathered under the name of "Scientists for Future" in order to support the pupils and students with scientific arguments. Our own professional discipline - clinical research - is home to countless scientists, many of whom have surely already contemplated the topic of climate change. We would like to ask all our colleagues to catch up on "Fridays for Future" and "Scientists for Future". If you speak German, please watch the video "Aufruf an die Politik" (call on politicians).

We have decided to sign the statment issued by "Scientists for Future" and we would be glad if as many colleagues from our branch of industry as possible could do the same.

News from BfArM and PEI

Neues von BfArM und PEIThe Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) and the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute (PEI) jointly publish a quarterly drug safety bulletin called

"Bulletin zur Arzneimittelsicherheit".


You can find the current edition using this link.

Further news from the higher federal authorities:

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Appointment to the GQMA Board

The German Quality Management Association e.V. (GQMA) is the largest German specialist society for quality management in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. The GQMA's activities include annual conferences, various working parties, advanced training courses, and the cooperation with other German and European expert associations. Together with the German Society for Pharmaceutical Medicine (DGPharMed) the GQMA publishes "PM QM" - the Journal for Pharmaceutical Medicine and Quality Management.

Our experts at CliPS - Clinical Project Services® are members of the GQMA. Most of them have, for instance, been actively involved in the working party "GCP - Clinical Operations" for many years.

We at CliPS are delighted to inform you that on its meeting of 25 April 2019 the Board of the GQMA has decided to appoint Dr. Ingo Rath to the Extended Board. As the GQMA's representative in the "PM QM" editorial committee Ingo will help ensuring that the results of the GQMA's activities as well as current topics, discussions and insights from the field of chemical and pharmaceutical industry are being brought to the attention of a wider expert audience.

To find out more about the GQMA, please click here.


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