Information on the VFN Ethics Committee
The VFN Ethics Committee works according to the principles of Good Clinical Practice. On December 8, 2004, it was designated by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic as an ethics commission issuing opinions on multicenter clinical evaluations (No. 236/2378). By decision of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic with reference no. MZDR31218/2022-1/OLZP extended its designation to issue opinions on multicenter clinical evaluations until January 31, 2025.
The General University Hospital in Prague and the independent Ethics Committee established by it are included in an international database maintained by the Office of Human Research Protections at the US Department of Health and Human Services between organizations and ethics committees that meet the requirements for human protection in research (under IORG0002175 - General University Hosp in Prague, IRB00002705 and Federalwide Assurance with code FWA00029052). More information can be found at https://ohrp.cit.nih.gov/search/search.aspx.
Ethics Committee of the General University Hospital in Prague
Na Bojišti 1, 3rd floor, 128 08 Prague 2
Secretariat of the Ethics Committee of the General Hospital:
Phone: +420 224 964 131
Secretary of the VFN Ethics Committee:
Jana Travnickova, DiS.
phone: +420 224 964 131
Ethics Committee Meeting:
The VFN Ethics Committee discusses incoming applications usually every 3rd Thursday of the month. For the following period, meetings are scheduled from 15:30 in the meeting room of the Na Bojišti 1 building, Prague 2. Dates of the Ethics Committee meeting:
- November 24, 2022 (deadline November 14, 2022)
- December 15, 2022 (deadline December 5, 2022)
- January 19, 2023 (deadline January 9, 2023)
- February 16, 2023 (deadline February 6, 2023)
- March 16, 2023 (deadline 3/6/2023)
- April 20, 2023 (deadline April 10, 2023)
- May 18, 2023 (deadline May 8, 2023)
- June 15, 2023 (deadline June 5, 2023)
- July 20, 2023 (deadline July 10, 2023)
- 24 August 2023 (deadline 14 August 2023)
- September 21, 2023 (deadline September 11, 2023)
- October 19, 2023 (deadline October 9, 2023)
- 16 November 2023 (deadline 6 November 2023)
- December 14, 2023 (deadline December 4, 2023)
We would like to draw your attention to the fact that if you are interested in discussing your applications by the Ethics Committee at the next meeting, it is necessary to submit the complete required documents to the Commission at the latest 10 calendar days before the meeting, no later than 12:00 on the day in question. Incomplete documentation will not be accepted for discussion and the submitter will be notified of this defect by e-mail without delay.
Documents required for clinical trial (KH) or clinical trial (KZ) clinical trials:
- cover letter in Czech language (in the case of KH, please specify whether it is required: local assessment of a study in a single center / local assessment of a multi-center study with their identification and multicentric ethics commission / multicentric review with a list of all centers and their local ethics committees with addresses, in the case of a corporate study, billing information, a request for an opinion of the ethics committee with the implementation of KH in electronic form (according to KLH-EK-01, issued by SÚKL on 1 July 2009);
- completed questionnaire - multi-purpose form, signed by examiner (appendix 1 to SPP 03a,b);
- study protocol with all current additions;
- information text for subjects in the KH project (appendix 2 to SPP 03a), respectively. KZ (appendix 3 to SPP 03b); it is recommended to mark at least the date of creation of the document to distinguish different versions;
- text of informed consent, including information on the right to claim damages in accordance with applicable law (appendix 4 to SPP 03a) for KH, resp. KZ (appendix 5 to SPP 03b); the requirements for the content and formulation of information material for evaluation bodies are, for example, in recommendation of SUKL labeled KLH-22,
- text of consent or information about the collection and processing of personal data in the General Teaching Hospital in Prague (Annex 13 to the CAP 03) in accordance with Act No. 110/2019 Coll., on the processing of personal data, and Regulation 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data;
- in the case of a genetic examination, the Consent / Disagreement with the genetic laboratory examination form (Annex 10 to the CAP 03);
- organizing recruitment of evaluation subjects;
- Investigator Information Set or SPC;
- specific information on compensation of expenses and remuneration for evaluation subjects;
- certificate of insurance and copies of the whole insurance contract in Czech language (including terms and conditions) on liability insurance for the investigator and sponsor, which also provides compensation in case of death of subjects or in case of injury to subjects due to KH / KZ;
- agreement on the amount of remuneration or compensation by the investigator within the meaning of § 53 para. j) of Act No. 378/2007 Coll .;
- Curriculum vitae of the examiner responsible for conducting KH in the center (s) including proof of professional competence;
- the consent of the head of the health care facility with the implementation of KH;
- in the case of a request for an opinion and supervision of the General Teaching Hospital over KH / KZ in a center that does not have its local ethics committee, we require a draft written agreement concluded between the General Teaching Hospital Prague and the relevant medical facility and following Act No. 378/2007 Coll., on pharmaceuticals, or Act No. 268/2014 Coll., on medical devices), valid once for a specific KH / KZ and for its duration: (appendix 12 to SPP 03a) for KH drugs, respectively. (appendix 11 to SPP 03b) for clinical trials. resources; a declaration by the contracting authority on the capability of the OC to carry out the KH / KZ; copy of the NZZ marketing authorization; the examiner's curriculum vitae with copies of documents proving the competence of the principal investigator in the center; a list of currently running KH / KZ studies in the center;
- the opinions of ethics committees that have already assessed the study;
- possibly additional documents requested by the Ethics Committee.
Documents required to assess research grant projects:
Request for Opinion of the EC The General Teaching Hospital for proposals of research projects (grants) is submitted with a universal questionnaire - a multipurpose form (completed in the parts related to the grant project) (appendix 1 to SPP 03a,b), cover letter, list of annexes and relevant documents (description of the project, including the procedure for recruiting the subjects of evaluation, text of information for the subjects of evaluation and informed consent, curriculum vitae of the examiner, consent of the head of the medical institution). In the case of KH / KZ, information on the submission of an application for authorization / notification of KH / KZ to the State Institute for Drug Control. Consent to the collection and processing of personal data during the study at the General University Hospital in Prague (Annex 13 to the CAP 03).
Documents required to assess individual research projects or observational studies:
The application for the ECFF opinion on the proposals of individual research projects is again submitted with the Universal Questionnaire - a multi-purpose form (filled in in the parts relating to the project) (appendix 1 to SPP 03a,b), cover letter and relevant documents (description of the project, including the procedure for recruiting evaluation subjects, text of information for evaluation subjects and informed consent, CV of the examiner, approval of the head of the medical facility, eventually proof of liability insurance for the investigator in the research project) additionally requested by the Ethics Committee). In case of non-sponsored research at VFN, attach a signed Affidavit (Annex 9 to the CAP 03). In the case of corporate support, the contact address of the representative and their billing information. In the case of KH / KZ, information on submitting an application for authorization / notification of KH / KZ to the State Institute for Drug Control.
If individual research consists in the creation of a treatment data register, the patient whose data will be collected must be provided with information and informed consent in accordance with Act No 110/2019 Coll., On the processing of personal data, and under the Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council 2016 / 679 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data. For the purposes of a specific study, it is possible to modify the text of the Consent to the Collection and Processing of Personal Data in Conducting the Study at the General Teaching Hospital in Prague, a specimen of which is given in Annex 13 to the CAP 03.
Documents required to assess non-interventional or questionnaire studies (eg bachelor theses, interviews, etc.):
- The request for the ECFF opinion on the proposals of non-interventional studies (eg questionnaires, data collection, etc.) in patients is submitted with a brief cover letter describing the project, including the procedure for recruiting evaluation subjects;
- completed Questionnaire - multipurpose form (completed in the project sections) (appendix 1 to SPP 03a,b);
- a list of the questions submitted to the patient, indicating the form of the written answers. In the introduction of this questionnaire we ask the patient brief information about the purpose of the project, voluntary participation in the project, anonymization of data and their event. publication;
- if the patient's personal data are processed, consent to the collection of personal data when conducting the study at the General Faculty Hospital in Prague (Annex 13 to the CAP 03);
- the examiner's CV;
- the consent of the head of the health care facility where the investigation will take place;
- approval of the General Teaching Hospital management (eg Mgr. Svobodová, Ph.D., MHA, Deputy for Non-Medical Health Professions) to carry out the project at the General Teaching Hospital. In case of non-sponsored research at VFN, attach a signed Affidavit (Annex 9 to the CAP 03).
Requirements for amendments to the Protocol in the form of amendments or other versions of informed consent
The contracting authority is entitled to amend the protocol by means of amendments after the commencement of KH. The EC will issue an opinion on the amendment or on the new IS version only if it has already expressed its opinion on the research project. Documents necessary for discussion of amendments by ethics committee:
- a written request in Czech to discuss the amendment, stating the reasons for and proposing a revised relevant part of the documentation and stating also ref. a basic study assigned by the Ethics Committee of the General Teaching Hospital;
- own amendment - amendment / version of IS (with indication of changes made);
- text of consent or information about the collection and processing of personal data in the General Teaching Hospital in Prague (unless it has been submitted as Annex 13 to the CAP 03) in accordance with Act No. 110/2019 Coll., on the processing of personal data, and Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council 2016/679 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data, which will be adjusted according to a specific clinical trial.
After discussing the document, the Ethics Committee may request to add data or comment on it once, while the deadline for issuing the opinion is suspended until the supplementary data or justification of the failure to incorporate the comments of the EC VFN for a maximum period of 12 months.
Please note that the lead investigator or investigator of the grant / research plan / individual research is obliged to inform the ethics committee that issued its opinion on the project about the commencement of the clinical trial, its progress (at least once a year - form see Annex 8 to the CAP 03) and its termination. For a company clinical trial, this is usually done by the sponsor.
Payments for the consideration of KH/KZ by the Ethics Committee of the VFN, the issuing of its opinion and the supervision of its progress are invoiced in accordance with the Order of the PR-VFN Director 01/2023, valid from 1 March 2023. The full text of the order can be provided on request.