EUROPEAN QUALITY IN PRECLINICAL DATA

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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15 June 2021

EQIPD Newsletter - Spring 2021

In the newest edition of the newsletter, find out more about the highlights of the EQIPD General Assembly meeting, the new project collaborations, CAMARADES winning the BNA’s ‘Credibility Prize’ and details on the 34th ECNP congress.

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15 June 2021

Online EQIPD Summer School “Improving preclinical data quality and robustness” 2021 - Successfully completed!

Due to the pandemic the third EQIPD Summer School entitled “Improving preclinical data quality and robustness” was held online.

Please find more information concerning the program here:

EQIPD SUMMER SCHOOL

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

Questionnaire:

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 Scientist.com 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.