The Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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Carefully planned clinical trials test new medical advances for safety and efficacy, making possible future improvements in everyday clinical practice and health-care decision making.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides a website for information about participating in clinical trials. This site includes the following information:

  • Basic Questions and Answers about Clinical Trials
  • Clinical Trials of Medical Treatments: Why Volunteer?
  • 21 CFR 50 (informed consent regulations)
  • Interactive patient education tutorial on clinical trials
  • National Library of Medicine's Medline Plus (basic information about clinical trials
  • Reporting Complaints Related to FDA-Regulated Clinical Trials
  • Good Clinical Practice Contacts