I am looking for more information concerning clinical trials in Europe for Healthy Volunteers. Is it possible for Americans and Canadians to do studies in countries such as the UK, France, Switzerland or Germany?
What are the requirements? I've been told that it is almost impossible for US or Canada citizens to volunteer for clinical trials in the UK. Is it true?
I looked into this a year or two ago, I was mainly looking at doing studies in the UK. I contacted a clinic there by email to get firsthand info.
Basically, it boiled down to if you were not a UK resident, what they want is at least 2 years of health records transferred from your health care provider and then you have to be seen by a UK doctor 6 months prior to doing a study there.
So you would have to make two trips most likely, and I guess would have to pay out of pocket to see a UK doctor.
I will try to find some of the info I dug up on this and confirm some of these things.
There is a Celerion in Belfast, and an Icon branch in Manchester ( both of these clinics have labs in the US, listed on this site ) I think Covance has a branch there also. There is another well know lab in London that the name slips my mind right now.
Here is an email I received from a representative of a London clinic, it's from July of 2009:
Thank you for your interest in medical research. You will have to be in the UK in for you to register with us.
We have a few trials for healthy males at the present. They all have different set up, payment and inclusion criteria, and it isn't possible to send you all the information via e-mail .We first need to have a quick chat with you, to find out a little bit more about your medical history, your smoking habits etc.
If you'd like to give us your phone number we'll be pleased to contact you to complete your registration and hopefully recruit you onto one of them. Otherwise, you can contact our free phone number: 0800 783 8792 Mondays to Fridays between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm.
Look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
Senior Recruitment & Screening Technician
Hammersmith Medicines Research
London, NW10 7EW"
I recall that this clinic is said to be larger and more busy (more studies), but anyway, he (Bahee) does not seem to indicate that they necessarily need any additional medical paperwork, that you just need to be in the area, and then you can come in answer questions about your health situation/history.
Of course, I would perhaps contact him and get the latest info from him before ing a ticket on the Concorde.