Submission on the Medical Council of New Zealand draft statement on informed consent

New Zealanders for Health Research (NZHR) was established in November 2015 to bring about increased investment in health research from government, industry and philanthropy. One of our areas of focus has been to increase investment in and the number of clinical trials being undertaken in New Zealand.

In summary, NZHR’s submission is that participation in clinical trials gives patients opportunities to benefit from receiving services which are delivered in accordance with best standards of clinical care, that patients should therefore be presented with opportunities to participate in clinical trials as part of the informed consent process, and that the New Zealand health system has unrealised potential for improved performance in this regard.

Read the full submission here