9. Who is in charge of a clinical trial?


This is the person who has thought up and designed the trial. This person is a doctor or another healthcare professional that understands the illness that they are studying and is looking at ways to improve the treatment.

Clinical trials are approved by many different people before they can start.


Permission is needed from different groups of doctors, nurses, scientists and non-medical people who check each study very careful before it can start. The Irish Government also monitors the safety of all medicines and clinical trials in Ireland.


There are very strict rules in place to protect the safety and well-being of adults and children taking part in clinical trials.