Clinical trials

Clinical trials actively induce an effect among research participants – using medicinal products, medical devices or other health-related interventions – to investigate their impact on participants’ health or the structure and functioning of the human body.

Other research projects that are not considered clinical trials (non-clinical trials)

Non-clinical trials don’t actively induce an effect among research participants – either just the health-related personal data are collected or else biological samples (such as saliva or blood) are taken.


Research projects involving persons

Research projects involving persons can be divided into two groups – the type of effect they have on participants determines the assigned category.

Categorisation of research projects involving persons

The kofam website provides a categorizer to assist in assigning and categorising research projects. Further information is available here.

Further information