Frequently Asked Questions

Who can become a clinical trial investigator?
An individual with a valid license to practice medicine in the Canadian province in which he or she presently resides can become a clinical trial investigator. Although previous experience is not mandatory, it is an asset.

How do I get started as an investigator with CCCT?
Individuals interested in becoming Clinical Investigators can get started by registering in our database through the completion of an Investigator Sign Up form. Our experienced team will guide you through the process of becoming a qualified investigator.

What do I need to know to become a Clinical Trial Investigator?
To become a Clinical Investigator you will require a thorough understanding of the process of conducting clinical trials, in-depth knowledge of the ethical and regulatory requirements, as well as familiarization with Good Clinical Practice Guidelines. Although obtaining official certification to become a clinical investigator is not mandatory, it is highly recommended.

What is an institutional review board (IRB)?

Institutional Review Boards (IRB), groups of physicians and community advocates, are set in place to further protect the welfare and rights of participants. IRBs are authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to accept, modify, and/or disapprove upcoming or ongoing clinical trials as needed. Therefore, physicians conducting clinical trials must follow a very strict and controlled plan of action.

What liability do I have if I participate in conducting a clinical trial?
A Clinical Investigator must strictly adhere to protocol policy and agreement, and exercise sensible medical decisions in order to be indemnified from actions which may arise from a clinical trial. Proof of malpractice insurance should always be made available to the sponsors and their representatives; your premiums should not be affected.