The Clinical Trial Centre (CEC) performs randomized clinical trials with special emphasis on ophthalmology.
CEC has dedicated facilities and the most modern ophthalmological equipment. Its permanent staff includes two medical doctors, one pharmacist, four technicians for diagnostic procedures, five study coordinators and three administrative secretaries. 22 other medical doctors, three technicians for diagnostic procedures, one laboratory technician and four nurses collaborate regularly in the CEC activities.
During 2012 it had ongoing 11 investigator-driven clinical trials and 17 industry-sponsored clinical trials.
The professional organisation of the Clinical Trial Centre and its convenient location, next to the University Hospital of Coimbra and the Celas Unit of ARSC – Health Administration of the Central Region of Portugal, are a guarantee of efficient recruitment and that the deadlines are successfully met and in compliance with the ICH Good Clinical Practice Guidelines. The Clinical Trial Centre is certified by ISO 9001 to perform clinical trials, thus guaranteeing the continual improvement ICH-GCP compliance.
CEC is also certified as Clinical Site of Excellence by the EVICR.net - European Vision Institute Clinical Research Network (Clinical Site nº 1), that is a clinical trial centre in ophthalmology that complies with ICH GCP Guidelines with written SOPs, has the necessary equipment and personnel to perform clinical trials and has proven expertise and scientific publications in this area.