In reference to the communication of the chief physician of Ghent University Hospital (dd. 19MAR2020) about COVID-19 studies, he clearly states the following: “Studies on the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19 can be initiated. Both HIRUZ and the Ethics Committee prioritize these dossiers following a fast-track procedure. However, this is not an exemption to initiate these studies quickly without the necessary documentation or any assurances regarding patient safety.”

The fast-track COVID-19 procedure for academic studies is outlined in detail in the following document: COVID-19 fast track procedure for academic studies. Please carefully follow these guidelines.