EDIT 11MAY2020: From today on, this version of the FAQs is no longer in effect.

The chief physician of Ghent University Hospital also stated the following: “Consultations and treatments that cannot be suspended for 12 weeks, can be performed. However, new patients should no longer be included in interventional studies. New studies cannot be initiated, except if there is no physical contact with the participants (only by phone or e-mail). RX, CT and MRI scans of patients suspected with COVID-19 are performed at Emergency Radiology. Necessary CT and MRI scans for oncology studies may continue to be performed (e.g. to evaluate the effect of potentially toxic chemotherapy). Studies initiated in another hospital follow the guidelines from that hospital.”

With regard to these guidelines, we received many questions from investigators about their academic trials and the actions to be taken. The most frequently asked questions are summarized in the following document: FAQ about academic studies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please carefully follow the guidelines described in this document.

EDIT 11MAY2020: From today on, this version of the FAQs is no longer in effect.