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As a pharmacist, it's essential to have a good understanding of the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) guideline series, particularly ICH E6 (R2) Good Clinical Practice (GCP). GCP is a set of ethical and scientific standards for designing, conducting, recording, and reporting clinical trials involving human subjects. In this article, we'll provide an overview of ICH E6 (R2) GCP and its importance in ensuring the safety and efficacy of clinical trials.

What is ICH E6 (R2) Good Clinical Practice?

ICH E6 (R2) GCP is a guideline developed by the International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH). It provides a unified standard for the design, conduct, and reporting of clinical trials involving human subjects. The guideline is based on principles of ethics, scientific rigor, and regulatory compliance.

Why is ICH E6 (R2) GCP Important for Pharmacists?

Pharmacists play a crucial role in clinical trials, particularly in the management and dispensing of investigational products. They must ensure that the trial is conducted according to GCP standards, which includes ensuring that the trial design is scientifically sound, the trial subjects are appropriately selected and monitored, and the trial data is accurately recorded and reported. By adhering to GCP standards, pharmacists can help ensure the safety and efficacy of clinical trials and protect the welfare of trial subjects.

Key Principles of ICH E6 (R2) GCP

ICH E6 (R2) GCP is based on several key principles, including:

Ethics: Clinical trials must be conducted in an ethical and responsible manner, with respect for the rights and welfare of trial subjects.

Scientific Quality: Clinical trials must be scientifically sound, with a well-defined protocol and appropriate study design, data collection, and analysis methods.

Regulatory Compliance: Clinical trials must comply with all relevant regulatory requirements, including obtaining appropriate informed consent and maintaining adequate records.

Investigational Products: Investigational products must be manufactured, handled, and administered in a manner consistent with GCP standards to ensure their safety and efficacy.


In conclusion, ICH E6 (R2) GCP is a critical guideline for pharmacists involved in clinical trials. Adhering to GCP standards ensures that clinical trials are conducted ethically, scientifically, and in compliance with regulatory requirements. By following GCP principles, pharmacists can help ensure the safety and efficacy of investigational products and protect the welfare of trial subjects.

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