The development of new medicines has slowed dramatically in the past decade. The EQIPD project tackles the root causes of this problem, and aims to reverse this trend.


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17 December 2020

The EQIPD Quality System - Our new questionnaire covers it!

The EQIPD Quality System is the result of a collaborative effort between several people and organizations, yet cannot specifically address all potential scenarios under which research rigor measures are needed and will be implemented.  The foundation laid by EQIPD is formulated in the “core requirements” (see link below) and we welcome further efforts to support the development of tools, instruments, services, and follow-up projects that address the variety of needs of the wider research community.

Core requirements

Examples of how the core principles of EQIPD were successfully adapted and did lead to the development of new tools and services already exist:

Implementation of a Quality System (QS) is a significant effort testifying to a research organization’s long-term commitment to quality. However, there are situations where it is essential to demonstrate and to ensure that EQIPD-level quality standards are maintained during a shorter time window (e.g. to support execution of a specific collaboration project). We have developed a “purpose-fit assessment” for these situations:

Comparison of the expectations for QS vs purpose-fit


Another example is a collaborative effort to develop a questionnaire that reflects EQIPD principles and allows evaluation of research rigor standards at potential collaborators.  Sandrine Bongiovanni and Mathias Baumann (Novartis), Fiona Ducrey (Sanofi), Thomas Steckler and Anja Gilis (Janssen), Anton Bespalov (PAASP), Lee Monk (UCB), René Bernard (Charité) and Malcolm Macleod (University of Edinburg) worked together to develop this questionnaire. Recently finalized, this questionnaire is now free for use by anyone. We have been in discussion with some consortium members and associate members (including funding organizations) who might wish to implement this, and some of them are already at a stage where they are ready to use it. For example, the questionnaire has been successfully implemented on the platform, a marketplace for outsourced R&D activities.  Also, our consortium partner Science Exchange plans to work with the EQIPD Quality System.

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We hope to see many more examples where the EQIPD Quality System was successfully adapted to specific research needs in the future.

NEWS | 07 September 2020

EQIPD Newsletter 7 - Summer 2020

Find out about recent development of the EQIPD Quality system, the new partnership with IMI-PainCare as well as the virtual EQIPD stand and campfire session at the 33rd ECNP congress in the most recent newsletter!


NEWS | 24 August 2020

EQIPD meets IMI-PainCare

The need of quality standards in preclinical research is a topic gaining attention in the last years, especially in translational research. The IMI-PainCare consortium have reached out EQIPD to collaborate in assessing the study design and data analysis for their studies within subgroups BioPain and TRiPP. This collaboration will ensure equivalent quality standards in preclinical research among their project members, allowing for a successful reproducibility, reducing failure rates and the time and costs associated. EQIPD welcomes IMI-Pain Care to the team and looks forward to the outputs of this collaboration.

IMI PainCare Website