Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions about our clinical trials and the research process. We’re here to provide clarity and support as you embark on your research journey with us.


A clinical trial is discovering whether a medicine is safe and effective for a particular disease or medical condition.

Phase I Trials
Phase I trials to test an experimental drug or treatment in a group of 20-80 people for the first time to evaluate its safety.

Phase II Trials
After phase I has been completed, phase II tests the drug or treatment on 100-300 people.

Phase III
Phase III tests the drug or treatment on 1,000 to 3,000 people. Usually, two successful trials are required before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves a drug or treatment.

Phase IV
Phase IV is the final phase. The only purpose is to acquire additional information about a drug or treatment after approval.

In New Zealand, all clinical trials must be approved by the New Zealand Health and Disability Ethics Committee. This process involves evaluating whether the potential benefits of study participation outweigh the risks.

For the most part, clinical trials are safe. However, there is always a level of risk with any new medicine. There isn’t any way to predict how an individual will respond. Our team will always advise participants of the potential risks and monitor each participant throughout the trial.

If you would like advice as to your rights as a participant in a clinical trial you may approach a Health & Disability Consumer Advocate by contacting:

Free Phone: 0800 555 050
Free Fax: 0800 2 SUPPORT / 0800 2787 7678

Clinical trials that are sponsored by manufacturers of drugs or medical devices are not covered by Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). Therefore, compensation is provided by the company sponsoring the clinical trial which is at least as comprehensive as that available under ACC. The investigator will provide further details during the consent process.

Each clinical trial will have specific guidelines about who can participate. This may include age, gender, the type and stage of disease, previous treatment history and any other medical conditions. To inquire about your eligibility for a clinical trial, get in touch with our team.

Clinical trials are the key to providing new medicines and treatments to improve life quality. In addition to helping aid a medical solution, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about your health condition, potentially gain access to new medications at no cost, receive free health check-ups and be reimbursed for your time. Clinical trials are here to help improve the health and well-being of future generations.

This varies based on the nature of the clinical trials. Some trials will last a few days, whereas others can take years. Participants are asked to come into our clinics for regular visits, with the potential for additional visits depending on the trial. Before starting a clinical trial, participants will be made aware of what’s expected of them and any time commitments.

At the beginning of a clinical trial, medical professionals will provide needed health checks of the participants and give specific instructions for the trial drug or treatment throughout the trial. Our team closely monitors participants through the trials and is always there to provide guidance.

Yes. Clinical trials are completely voluntary; you can leave at any time.

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