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In brief

Starting from 31 January 2023, the Clinical Trial Information System (CTIS), provided for in Art. 80 of Regulation EU 536/2014, will become the single point of access for the submission, authorization and supervision of clinical trial applications in the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) countries.

Key takeaways

The single portal was launched on 31 January 2022, initiating the one-year transition period during which sponsors could choose whether to submit a clinical trial application according to the Clinical Trials Directive or through the single portal. As of 31 January 2023, submission of clinical trial applications through the single portal will become mandatory.

Benefits expected from the use of the single portal are both for sponsors and other organizations involved in conducting clinical trials, which will be able to apply for a single authorization to conduct a clinical trial or manage a clinical trial already ongoing in the EU or EEA, and for national competent authorities and ethics committees of Member States, given that the single portal allows for coordinated assessment and supervision of individual clinical trials.


Roberto Cursano has been a lawyer in Baker McKenzie since September 2007. He focuses on healthcare law and compliance, and assists in tender procedures, the negotiation of public contracts and litigation before administrative courts. Mr. Cursano is a former administrative officer in the Italian Ministry of Health and helps clients work closely with the Italian Public Administration. He is admitted to the bar before the Italian Supreme Court and the Council of State. As well as training and tutoring in the master’s degree program on clinical trials of pharmaceutical products at the University of Rome Sapienza, Mr. Cursano regularly publishes articles and scientific contributions. He also frequently hosts and participates in seminars and presentations on pharmaceutical and administrative law matters.


Riccardo Ovidi is an Associate in Baker McKenzie Rome office.

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