Resources on COVID-19 for the clinical trial sector


We will continue to keep you up-to-date with guidance and important news relevant to clinical trials during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The purpose of this correspondence is to assist you with filtering key information and bringing the most appropriate and current information to your attention.

Please find below some additional resources that have just become available including:

  • Joint statement released on COVID-19: Guidance for clinical trials for institutions, HRECs, researchers and sponsors
  • HealthMatch Clinical Trials Tracker: a global listing clinical trials related to COVID-19
  • MRFF 2020 Respiratory Medicine Clinical Trials Research on COVID-19 grant opportunity
  • NHMRC call for COVID-19 experts to assess grant applications

COVID-19: Guidance on Australian clinical trials for institutions, HRECs, researchers and sponsors

A joint statement has been released reflecting the shared views of state and territory Departments of Health, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Clinical Trials Project Reference Group (CTPRG).

This guidance provides general information and advice to institutions conducting or overseeing research, Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs), researchers and sponsors in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The advice represents current thinking and best practice at the government level and will be reviewed and updated regularly to reflect changes in government policy, public health advice and the needs of those conducting and participating in public research in Australia.

The key principles of the guidance are:

  • The safety and well-being of patients, research participants and their families, and health care professionals, researchers and other staff involved in patient care and research.
  • Public health systems remaining able to respond to the needs of the community; those impacted by COVID-19 and in terms of their regular workloads.
  • The conduct of research related to COVID-19 as a significant priority while considering the initiation and continuation of other ongoing and proposed research that may also be critical for the well-being of patients, participants, communities and the research sector.
  • Ongoing compliance with or adherence to regulations, guidelines, codes, policies and other standards, while allowing for interpretation of research responsibilities in the context of COVID-19, informed by flexibility, consultation and good sense to retain the focus on the safety and well-being of those most at risk in our institutions and communities.

COVID-19 Guidance on clinical trials for institutions, HRECs, researchers and sponsors

HealthMatch Clinical Trials Tracker – See clinical trials in action during the COVID-19 pandemic

HealthMatch is capturing clinical trials focused on or responding to challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The invitation is open for any relevant clinical trials to add their information to the tracker. You can find the tracker and more information here.

Medical Research Future Fund – 2020 Respiratory Medicine Clinical Trials Research on COVID-19 Grant Opportunity open for applications – urgent call for research

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) – Coronavirus research Response Initiative – 2020 Respiratory Medicine Clinical Trials Research on COVID-19 Grant Opportunity is open in Sapphire and will close at 5.00pm (AEST) on 6 April 2020.

Limited time frames are available to complete streamlined applications to facilitate the commencement of research as soon as possible.

NHMRC seeks experts to assess COVID-19 grant applications

NHMRC is looking for research and industry experts to assess MRFF 2020 Respiratory Medicine Clinical Trials research on COVID-19 grant opportunity applications – please share your expertise on NHMRC’s online portal.

If you have information or resources you would like to bring to our attention, please contact us here at ACTA via info@clinicaltrialsalliance.

ACTA would like to acknowledge and thank the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and the National Health and Medical Research Centre (NHMRC) for investing in clinical trials research related to treatment of COVID-19 respiratory illnesses

We would also like to thank members of the ACTA Community who have helped keep us up to date, with special acknowledgment for Melanie Gentgall, CEO,PRAXIS Australia and Anita van der Meer, Manager, Clinical Trial Support Unit, NSW Office for Health and Medical Research.