Facilitating European Clinical Research

ECRIN is a public, non-profit organisation that links scientific partners and networks across Europe
to facilitate multinational clinical research. We provide sponsors and investigators with advice,
management services and tools to overcome hurdles to multinational trials and enhance collaboration.

Our Work

We provide our 12 member and observer countries with diverse trial support services
and contribute to 'infrastructure development' projects with additional European and international partners.

ECRIN in Numbers

Member & Observer Countries

Million citizens represented

Trials in ECRIN portfolio

Average # of countries per trial



When:  14, 15 & 21 February 2022, from 13.30 to 17.45 CET (or watch the replay if you cannot attend)

ECRIN contributed to the Roadmap Initiative for GLSP, led by EFGCP and EFPIA, which brought together experts from over 60 academic, industry, patient organisations and not for profits to develop this framework. The aim of which is to develop a pragmatic, broadly accepted framework for Lay Summary planning, development, translation and dissemination. 

Join ECRIN and the many other members of the Roadmap initiative for 3 virtual afternoons. Key content on GLSP and hopes & hurdles of implementation will be presented on Day 1. Day 2 will be organised into breakout groups to work on concrete proposals and on how to best prepare our communities for the particularly challenging aspects of GLSP. Day 3 will share the results of the break-out sessions and open them to further discussion. It will also include conclusions proposed to inspire the European Commission's and the Roadmap's second important objective: the implementation of GLSP in clinical research daily practice including training opportunities for all stakeholders 

For more information and registration click here


EDCTP-ECRIN virtual side event at AERAP Science at the EU-AU Summit:


Partnering for the development of sustainable clinical research infrastructures and a skilled workforce in Africa


When:   16 February 2022, 9:00-11:00 CET
Where:  Virtual


This session on Partnering for the development of sustainable clinical research infrastructures and a skilled workforce in Africa, co-chaired by EDCTP and the European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN), brings together key global health actors to collectively discuss the next steps towards the comprehensive mobilisation of all the stakeholders necessary for building sustainable clinical research infrastructure, skills development, and strengthening of institutions for the development and uptake of safe and effective R&I products in Africa. A set of recommendations on clinical trial infrastructure and capacity building in Africa arising from a session hosted by ECRIN and EDCTP on 17 June 2021 at the Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Summit will also be further discussed.


Draft agenda


Marcel Tanner, EDCTP High Representative (Europe)
Leonardo Simão, EDCTP High Representative (Africa)



Welcome and introduction from the co-Chairs



EDCTP: a global partnership for investing in people, skills and research infrastructure for infectious diseases research and innovation in Africa

Michael Makanga, EDCTP Executive Director



Infrastructure for multinational cooperation in clinical research: ECRIN and the CRIGH initiative

Jacques Demotes, ECRIN Director General



Policy roundtable on EU-AU research and innovation cooperation for the development of sustainable clinical research infrastructures and a skilled workforce in Africa

Speakers to be confirmed



Audience Q&A and discussion



Wrap-up and closing remarks




Health research and innovation (R&I) are fundamental for health – one of the major determinants of economic growth and poverty reduction, and a centrepiece in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The COVID-19 crisis underscored once again the vital importance of global health research preparedness and response. Accelerated basic and clinical research carried out in real-time by consolidated infrastructures provided prevention and therapeutic tools within unprecedented timelines. Despite record achievements, access remains a key issue to ensure the provision of the standard of care globally. Gaps in cross-border ethical and regulatory harmonization, quality sample and data collection, data sharing and repurposing mechanisms remain to be addressed in order to enable multinational clinical research capacities in Africa.


Establishing a robust clinical research infrastructure coupled with scientific excellence and leadership is a key development step to addressing health challenges on the continent. Governments should capitalize on the momentum from the response to COVID-19 to coordinate efforts by all stakeholders, including private actors as well as development banks, and provide sustainable governance and funding mechanisms for tackling global health challenges.



More information

The AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Platform will organise side events at the AU-EU Summit on 14-17 February. The purpose of the Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Summit will be to promote awareness of the contribution of collaborative research and development as a critical aspect of EU-Africa relations and collaborations, in particular in addressing global challenges together. For more information please visit the website for the Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Summit


SAVE THE DATE 17 May 2022 is International Clinical Trials Day. 

This years event is co-hosted by our German national partner KKS Netzwerk and is entitled "Recruitment in Clinical Trials"

More information to come shortly.