EATRIS attends 2nd European Stakeholder Workshop of STARS

Empower Academia in Regulatory Awareness and Knowledge – Contribute to the STARS Initiative!

On 17-18 November 2021, EATRIS attended by invitation, the 2nd European Stakeholder Workshop of STARS. This workshop aimed to continue the work of the STARS project to build a Common Strategy to Empower Academia in Regulatory Awareness and Knowledge. This event, which included different stakeholders from across the EU, including academics, regulators, the European Commission and funders, followed up on ongoing discussions on how to improve present strategies for the regulatory support to academia, and to bridge the translational gap of academic-driven health research, a topic which continues to be a high priority for EATRIS.

EATRIS has and continues to work with the STARS consortium to:

  1. Establish a Comprehensive Inventory of existing support activities for academic researchers, in order to improve success during Scientific Advice and Protocol Assistance procedures.
  2. Expand the establishment of best practice examples for efficient support activities/training programmes and by providing specific advice and support for the establishment of tailored activities and addressing the identified gaps.
  3. Establish a Common Strategy to strengthen regulatory sciences and improve the support for successful outcomes from regulatory Scientific Advice, which will be agreed upon and implemented by the partners of the STARS project.
  4. Explore and monitor the implementation of a pre-grant regulatory scientific advice on the level of participating Member State also, in order to address the identified need to complement, coordinate and harmonise the national and European efforts.

Developing the Common Strategy of STARS is still a work in progress and will be further developed with the input of all stakeholders across the EU. Academics are a crucial part of this process. Therefore, if you are an academic and would like to share your ideas and feedback around how to strengthen regulatory sciences and improve the support for successful outcomes from regulatory Scientific Advice, please do so by forwarding your valuable suggestions before Friday 10 December 2021 to davidmorrow@eatris.eu.

All feedback will be collated and provided to the STARS Team for their consideration to be included in the launch and presentation of the final STARS Common Strategy in May 2022.