Academic Contract Research Organisation

Future Directions for ESA acting as Academic Contract Research Organisation

1. Background

The European Society of Anaesthesiology Clinical Trial Network has been initiated on 2010 at the request of the ESA Research Committee and approval by the ESA Board of Directors with  the  primary  aim  to  provide  an  infrastructure  for  Institutions,  clinicians  and  scientists allowing  to  work  across  borders  to  improve  the  care  of  patients  in  the  field  of Anaesthesiology,  Intensive  Care  Medicine,  Peri-Operative  Medicine,  Emergency  Medicine and Pain Medicine. International networks all over the world have demonstrated the  advantages  of  collaboration  to  address  and  answer  clinically  relevant  research  questions. Long-term collaborative relationships within research, education and clinical practice require dedicated resources and infrastructure enabling access to the entire clinical community. 

2. Progressing with needs 

Entrusted by hundreds of hospitals, academic, and  government  organisations  worldwide, ESA represents a powerful and rapidly growing alternative to study organisation and management for clinical research.  As a non-profit organisation, ESA provides a unique efficient, flexible, and low-cost way of managing different types of clinical studies. 


3.  The ESA A-CRO is focusing on three highly interrelated actions: 

  • Support  studies  identifying  relevant  research  questions  related  mainly  to  Anaesthesia,  Intensive Care Medicine, Peri-Operative Medicine, Emergency  Medicine  or  Pain  Medicine, but also to other specialties (nutrition, respiratory  diseases,  transfusion,  thrombosis,  cardiology,  etc.) when they  are  related  to anaesthesiology   
  • Foster  collaborations  between  ESA  members  of  various  countries  as  well  as  with other  organisations  to  improve  patient  outcome  and  anaesthesia  Intensive  Car Medicine, Peri-Operative Medicine,  Emergency  Medicine  or  Pain Medicine practice.
  • Enforce quality and Good clinical Practice in the study coordination support and data Management