Developing an international network for clinical research in ophthalmology: the European Vision Institute Clinical Research Network (EVICR.net)

Author(s): Jose Cunha-Vaz,Ceclia Martinho

There is a well-identified need for patient-oriented clinical research and this can only be achieved by creating active collaboration between academic centers with competence for clinical research, following GCP guidelines and supported by an infrastructure that provides appropriate management of clinical trials at a realistic cost. The European Vision Institute Clinical Research Network (EVICR.net) is a legal entity established as an independent European Economic Interest Grouping in accordance with the Council Regulation (EEC) #2137/85 and was built and developed to function as the necessary structure to perform clinical research in ophthalmology in the EU according to ICH GCP Guidelines and European Directives.