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CDSCO has drafted guidelines for determining Quantum of financial compensation to be paid in case of Clinical Trial related Injury or Death

  • 25th April, 2014

Presently there is no specific provision under Drugs and Cosmetics Rules for payment of compensation in case of clinical trial related injury or death of the subject. However, the Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Guidelines for Clinical Trials of India under para 2.4.7 provides that the research subject who suffers physical injury as a result of their participation in clinical trials are entitled to financial or other assistance to compensate them equitably for any temporary or permanent impairment or disability subject to confirmation from Ethics Committee.

In case of death, their dependents are entitled to material compensation. Guidelines further provide that it is the obligation of the sponsor to pay the compensation. The concerns were also raised in the Parliament and other forums regarding payment of compensation in the cases of injury or death in clinical trial. This guidance document describes the methods to be followed by the Ethics Committees for calculating the quantum of financial compensation to be paid in case of clinical trial related injury or death.

For further details visit http://www.cdsco.nic.in/compention.pdf