After the communication of the chief physician of Ghent University Hospital about clinical studies during the COVID-19 pandemic (dd. 19MAR2020), non-priority consultations and treatments were suspended, no new patients were recruited/included and no new studies were initiated at Ghent University Hospital.

In reference to his latest communication regarding this matter (dd. 28APR2020), the chief physician clearly stated the following:

  • New clinical studies: Since the start of the crisis, you could only initiate new studies on the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19. From May 4th, you can also initiate other clinical studies, in consultation with HIRUZ.
  • Arrangement for companies: Visitors from companies (representatives, monitors, auditors, CRA) may only come to the hospital if this is necessary for patient care. That arrangement has been extended until May 18th.
    Addition from the chief physician (dd. 13MAY2020): From Monday May 18th on, in case contact by telephone or digital contact is deemed insufficient, visitors from companies (representatives, monitors, auditors, CRA) may come to the hospital again. Visitors have to follow the guidelines concerning distance and hand hygiene.

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 (version 2.1 dd. 14MAY2020). Please carefully follow the guidelines described in this document.

Please note this new version of the FAQs replaces the previous version entirely.