The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) is revising Guidelines on Conduct of Clinical Trials in Pakistan with the aim to ensure the safety, quality, and efficacy of investigational products in clinical trials, as well as the ethical conduct and oversight of clinical research in Pakistan.
The revised guidelines cover various aspects of clinical trial activities, such as:
- The regulatory framework and approval process for clinical trials in Pakistan
- The roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders involved in clinical trial activities, such as DRAP, National Bio Ethics Committee, sponsors, investigators, and pharmaceutical associations
- The requirements and procedures for obtaining informed consent, protecting the rights and welfare of trial participants, and reporting adverse events and serious adverse events
- The standards and principles for designing, conducting, monitoring, recording, analyzing, and reporting clinical trials
- The good clinical practice (GCP) requirements for clinical trial materials and investigational products
- The data management and quality assurance systems for clinical trial data and documents
- The post-trial obligations and follow-up measures for clinical trial sponsors and investigators
The revised guidelines are based on the best regulatory practices as per the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) guidelines, and the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines.
The revised guidelines are open for public comments until February 22, 2024. DRAP invites all the relevant stakeholders, such as pharmaceutical companies, research institutions, clinical trial organizations, health professionals, patient groups, and civil society organizations, to review the revised guidelines and provide their feedback and suggestions. Stakeholders can submit their comments and suggestions using prescribed format (click here to visit how to submit comments) via email to shafqat.hussain∂dra.gov.pk or can be posted at mailing address, Director, Division of Pharmacy Services, Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan, PM health Complex, Park Road, Islamabad.
DRAP appreciates the cooperation and contribution of all the stakeholders in the development and improvement of the guidelines on conduct of clinical trials in Pakistan. DRAP hopes that the revised guidelines will facilitate and promote the conduct of high-quality, ethical, and reliable clinical trials in Pakistan, and ultimately benefit the public health and well-being of the people of Pakistan.