It is widely accepted that a well-resourced and functioning clinical research capability is an essential part of any national infrastructure as it benefits patients, the healthcare delivery system and academia and is a unique selling point for the very large life-sciences industry operating in Ireland.
Clinical Research Development Ireland is co-ordinating an exciting new initiative known as the Future Investment in Clinical Research (FICR) which aims to enhance the level of clinical research in Ireland.
Collaborators in this initiative include key stakeholders, such as, patient representative bodies clinical research facilities/centres and academia, the Health Service Executive, Cancer Trials Ireland, state funding and enterprise agencies, namely, the Health Research Board, Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland and the IDA Ireland, industry representative bodies including the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association, Irish Medical and Surgical Trade Association, BioPharmaChem Ireland and the Irish MedTech Association.
A Steering Committee for the FICR initiative was convened in March 2018, comprising senior professionals from all the above stakeholder organisations, with a mandate to strategically examine and define the optimal future clinical research infrastructure, support, capacity and capability for the population and economy of Ireland. The mandate and terms of reference of the Steering Committee can be viewed here and include details of membership, working methods and timelines.
Over the past number of months the FICR Steering Committee conducted a consultation process, seeking written submissions from all those with an interest in clinical research in Ireland. The process also involved the development of a SWOT analysis by all stakeholders and the discussion and analysis of all the inputs, resulting in the definition of a vision and mission for clinical research in Ireland as well as detailed recommendations, providing a high-level coordination road-map on how best to achieve the desired outcome. The Future Investment in Clinical Research report was launched at a stakeholder event on Monday 20 May in the Radisson Blu, Dublin and can be viewed here.
See video above featuring the FICR Steering Committee Chair and CRDI Chief Executive, Professor Pat O’Mahony.