Introductory GCP Course to Start Clinical Trials in Europe

This course was previously called “Light EU-GCP training – Start”. Learn about basic Good Clinical Practice principles and get a thorough introduction to the start-up of clinical trials in Europe via this highly interactive, self-paced introductory e-learning course. Includes 2 interactive modules.


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  • Principles of ICH GCP and the ICH GCP Addendum R2
  • EU Directives 2001 & 2005
  • Roles in clinical research
  • Abbreviations and terminology
  • How to start your study
  • Supply, storage, and use of the investigational product
  • Screening and recruitment of subjects
  • Informed consent procedure
  • Randomization and coding
  • Privacy of data
  • Requirements for research with vulnerable subjects



This Introductory GCP course is the ideal introduction to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and starting clinical trials in Europe. It gives you the tools you need to start your trial, recruit and inform your subjects, adhere to the requirements for research with vulnerable subjects, and ensure the privacy of data.

This course is specifically tailored to the requirements of the European regulatory framework and helps anyone involved in the start-up phase of clinical trials in Europe. It is an ideal introductory course for research staff, students, nurses, and research coordinators.

  • Efficient and interactive online learning
  • Easy accessible via smartphone, tablet or desktop
  • Self-paced and modular

The course consists of 2 online training modules: introduction and start-up of a clinical trial. It represents a total workload of 2 hours. The modules are divided into chapters of 10 minutes and consist of the guidelines which apply to clinical trials in Europe, including the Declaration of Helsinki, ICH GCP E6 Addendum R2, and the EU Directives. If you require additional knowledge for the execution of other phases of the trial, you can easily add these modules by upgrading to an Expert online GCP training package.

After you have completed all components of the Introductory GCP e-learning course, you will receive a Certificate.

All training courses include one-year access to the online training. With our continuous learning model, we will keep you up-to-date with changing regulations and guidelines.

Enroll now to get started with the online learning modules on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer.



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You’ll learn the following in this module:

  • Introduction to medical research
  • Types of clinical research (interventional, therapeutic, multi/single center)
  • History of legislation and regulations clinical research (Code of Nuremberg, Declaration of Helsinki)
  • The principles of ICH GCP incl. R2 Addendum
  • Laws and regulation clinical research Europe (EU directives 2001 and 2005, EU Regulation 536/2014)
  • The roles in clinical research (sponsor, IEC, competent authority, monitor, auditor, investigator, research professional)
  • Additional requirements for clinical trials of a medicinal product
  • Phases of a clinical trial of a medicinal product
  • Abbreviations and terminology in medical scientific research


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You’ll learn the following in this module:

  • Delegate tasks and Initiation Visit
  • Supply, storage, and use of the investigational product in a trial
  • Recruitment of subjects
  • Informing subjects
  • Informed Consent procedure
  • Randomization and coding
  • Privacy of data (GDPR)
  • Requirements for research with vulnerable subjects


Learn anytime, anywhere

Learn at your own pace on your smartphone, tablet or desktop. You will have one year of access to the training and resources so you can look up information even after you’ve completed the course.

Learn Continiously

Continuous Learning can both improve clinical research quality and ensure a motivated research team. You’ll benefit from better knowledge retention and reduced risks.  We When a regulatory update is announced, we update the training modules and notify you, so that you can take the updated module and earn a new GCP certificate.

Earn your gcp certificate

With our courses, you can earn and maintain your vital industry-recognized certificate. In your GCP Passport, you can now see exactly which version of a training module you were most recently trained on. This documentation in combination with the changelog will inform auditors, managers, and inspectors of the associate’s compliance with current regulations.


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