A. Legal requirement:
Regulation 29A of the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004 [Statutory Instrument 2004/1031], as amended by Statutory Instrument 2006/1928, contains a requirement for the notification of “serious breaches” of GCP or the trial protocol:
“29A. (1) The sponsor of a clinical trial shall notify the licensing authority in writing of any serious breach of –
(a) the conditions and principles of GCP in connection with that trial; or
(b) the protocol relating to that trial, as amended from time to time in accordance with regulations 22 to 25, within 7 days of becoming aware of that breach.
(2) For the purposes of this regulation, a “serious breach” is a breach which is likely to effect to a significant degree –
(a) the safety or physical or mental integrity of the subjects of the trial; or
(b) the scientific value of the trial”.