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Platform for European Preparedness Against (Re-)Emerging Epidemics Work Package 1: (EARL: ethical, administrative, regulatory and logistical solutions)

PREPARE is a 24M Euro EU-funded FP7 programme of research that aims to transform Europe’s response to future severe epidemics or pandemics by providing infrastructure, co-ordination and integration of existing clinical networks, both in community and hospital settings.

PREPARE will provide a one-stop shop for policy makers, public health agencies, regulators and funders into research into pathogens with epidemic potential. PREPARE will do this by mounting inter-epidemic patient orientated clinical trial in adults and children, investigations of pathogenesis of relevant infectious diseases and facilitate the development of state-of-the-art near-patient diagnostics.

The objective of PREPARE Work Package 1 ‘EARL’ is to identify and implement solutions to key structural (ethical, administrative, regulatory and logistical) bottlenecks, as well as behavioural and cultural barriers to the rapid implementation of large multi-site clinical studies in Europe in response to severe infectious disease outbreaks. This WP will also propose potential short term solutions to challenges that will be implemented in the clinical studies and an on-going process evaluation of the gaining of approvals and implementation of studies across the EU will be undertaken.



Study Type

Qualitative and Literature review




£363,043 (Cardiff University value)


Analysis & Dissemination


SEWTU- Infections and Methods

NISCHR – Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Primary Care

Lead Investigator

Professor Alistair Nichol, University College Dublin

Study Team

SEWTU & Cardiff University:

WSPCR & Cardiff University:

Key data

Start date
Feb. 1, 2014
End date
Jan. 30, 2019
Grant value

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