KKS-Netzwerk (KKSN), the German network of coordinating centres for clinical trials, was established in 1999 and comprises 20 coordinating centres for clinical trials (as of July 2015) as well as the German Surgical Trial Network (CHIR-Net), which itself consists of 12 regional centres. The KKSN headquarters has branches at the University Hospital of Cologne and the Medizinische Fakultätentag (MFT) in Berlin.
Clinical trials units in KKSN provide full trial services ranging from consultancy on protocol design, budgeting and regulatory and ethical submissions to conducting trials, including project management, site management, data management, monitoring, (pharmaco)vigilance and reporting.
Training is also a significant focus of the network, with courses available for investigators, study nurses and students based on the development of standardised curricula for certified training programmes. In addition, network members are involved in various clinical research projects, both national and international, and have various cooperations with study groups, researchers associations, pharmaceutical enterprises, companies in medicine technology, research centres etc. Ten permanent expert groups have been formed within KKSN to increase quality and efficiency and build synergies in the fields of education, quality management, data management, biostatistics, information technology, project management, site management, vigilance, monitoring and sponsor-related tasks.