Not sure about what is involved in the clinical trial process? What to learn more about the role the clinic trial participants play in the clinical study? Here’s an overview of the clinical trials process and answers to frequently asked questions, (FAQ’s) that many potential volunteers have about participating in a research study also known as a clinical trial.
- What is a clinical trial?
Clinical trials on natural products are research studies in which people help doctors and researchers test out claims that are made on the health and wellness products that you buy. Such studies help usher new and unique health and wellness products into the market. Having scientific evidence to back up the claims on the natural products gives you the confidence that the products you are buying are safe and effective.
- Who conducts a clinical trial?
At KGK Science, our studies are overseen by medical doctors and we have a proficient team of doctors, nutritionists and clinical coordinators who will guide you and take good care of you during your time at our clinic.
- Who is eligible to participate in a clinical trial?
Each study has its own guidelines called eligibility criteria. To ensure the strongest results, researchers want study participants to be alike in key ways. Examples of eligibility criteria for a treatment trial might be age, gender, weight/height ratio and/or your previous medical history. For more information click here.
- Will it cost me any money to join a clinical trial?
No, there are no out of pocket expenses for you to join a clinical trial other than your travel expenses to and from the clinic site. KGK Science Clinic provides you with all the requirements as well as parking fees AND you are compensated. Parking is free at all of our research centers.
- How long do your studies go for?
Some studies are only one full day, and others may run for a few weeks or months. The schedule of visits and duration is discussed with you prior to you making a commitment to join the study.
- Is my participation confidential?
All records relating to your identity and study participation are confidential as per the Personal Information Protection Act, (HIPA) and Electronic Documents Act.
- How do I know if I qualify?
If you are interested in a particular study we are recruiting for, you can fill out the contact form for the clinic and area near where you are located. We have clinics in London, Canada, Orlando, Florida and Irvine California. Initially we arrange a time to go through an initial telephone screening with you over the phone. If you are eligible you may be asked to come to our clinic for a personal screening visit. Once we complete the screening visit, if you qualify you will be contacted to enroll in the study. Click here for more information.
- What other requirements are there?
Some studies require you to keep a diary or food or certain activities throughout the day. If it is part of the study. KGK’s provides a food diary to record and you are paid for this time off site.
- Are research studies safe?
Researchers, doctors, and other health professionals conduct research studies according to strict rules set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) , Health Canada and other regulatory agencies. These rules are to protect clinical trial participants and to make sure they are treated as conscientiously as possible. Research studies are also overseen by medical ethics groups to ensure that study participants are treated correctly.
- Can I leave a research study once it has begun?
Yes. You are free to leave the trial at any time. If you do decide to leave, you should let the research team know and tell them why you are leaving the study. Early termination measures will be done to ensure your safe exit from the study.
- What kind of products do you test? Are there any side effects?
We test many types of health and wellness products from dietary supplements, functional foods & beverages to beauty topicals and personal care products. You will be provided information in writing about the product and specific to the product you will be taking to review. In the Informed Consent process. If you have any allergies at all, please let us know when you call in.