The third EUCROF International Conference is evoking great interest as the high profile program and the quality of the speakers, maintained throughout the first two Conferences, is promising once more a great opportunity to learn directly from the protagonists about the "Quo vadis" of clinical research in Europe.
Regulatory Authorities, pharmaceutical industries, contract research organisations, patient associations, and academic groups are represented. This conference is known to facilitate the interaction between all stakeholders, speakers and participants, thus encouraging lively Q&A sessions without cultural barriers. In addition, as usual, the EUCROF Conference represents a great opportunity to network with all players involved in drug and device development.
The fast change of our working environment - be it regulatory or scientific - requires an accurate update for those with accumulated experience wanting to gain new competencies, but in particular also for the young stakeholders who will contribute to the development of the next generation of drugs and devices. The safety of patients is in the centre of our attention and we understand the need to focus on this priority, particularly after the tragic events that occurred in a Phase I study in France early this year. EMA and National Authorities are strongly recommending the healthcare community to share information on safety during all phases of product development and after commercialisation, when the product has entered routine use. In this scenario, post authorisation studies, more and more requested by conditioned marketing authorisations, are a powerful tool to detect signals early on and thus to contribute to patient protection.
The EUCROF Conference has the ambition to cover all these and other hot topics and to create, for two intense days, the best possible conditions for knowledge transfer and cultural exchange.
I sincerely wish you an enjoyable time in Prague at our Conference and I express a special thank you for the added value your presence will bring to the Event.