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Understanding Ancillaries in Clinical Trial Supply

Updated: Apr 29

Ancillaries play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth execution of clinical trials, encompassing a broad range of items, materials and services beyond the investigational product itself. From medical and wearable devices and diagnostic tools to specialized equipment, ancillaries are indispensable components of the clinical trial supply chain.


What are Ancillaries?

Ancillaries refer to any supplementary items or services required for the proper functioning of a clinical trial beyond the primary investigational product. These can include:

Medical Devices: Such as infusion pumps, wearable sensors, or monitoring devices necessary for patient care and data collection.

Diagnostic Tools: Including imaging modalities, laboratory assays and diagnostic kits utilised for patient assessment and disease monitoring.

Clinical Supplies: Such as bandages, swabs, and other medical consumables, simple but essential for trial procedures.


The Importance of Ancillaries in Clinical Trials

Ancillaries are integral to the successful execution of clinical trials for several reasons:

Patient Safety: Many ancillaries directly contribute to patient safety during the trial by providing essential medical care and monitoring.

Data Quality: Ancillaries often facilitate data collection, allowing researchers to gather accurate and reliable information crucial for evaluating the safety and efficacy of investigational products.

Regulatory Compliance: Compliance with regulatory requirements is paramount in clinical research and ancillaries often play a key role in meeting these standards through proper documentation and adherence to guidelines.


Sourcing Ancillaries for Clinical Trials

Clinical Services International (CSI) offers comprehensive solutions for sourcing ancillaries alongside comparator drug supply. Leveraging a vast network of trusted suppliers and strategic partnerships, CSI ensures the timely procurement and delivery of ancillary items and services tailored to the unique requirements of each study.

Supplier Network: CSI maintains a robust network of qualified suppliers, specialising in various ancillary categories, ensuring access to a diverse range of products and services to meet trial needs.

Tailored Solutions: Understanding that each clinical trial is unique, CSI works closely with our clients to develop customized sourcing strategies aligned with study protocols.

Quality Assurance: CSI prioritises quality and compliance, partnering with reputable suppliers and conducting rigorous quality assessments to ensure that all ancillary items meet regulatory standards.

Logistical Expertise: With extensive experience in clinical trial logistics, CSI offers end-to-end supply chain management services, including warehousing, distribution, and inventory management, to ensure seamless delivery of ancillary items to clinical sites worldwide.

By partnering with a trusted provider like CSI, our clients can access a comprehensive range of ancillary solutions tailored to their specific research needs, thereby enhancing the success of their clinical trials. We minimise wastage and administration from the sponsor, lower the number of invoices to process, complete the oversight of study requirements and reduce human capital investment from our sponsors.


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