NorCRIN – information in English

NorCRIN’s primary objective is to offer research support within a broad spectrum of clinical studies – ranging from biomedicine to the testing of new medicinal products.

NorCRIN wishes to develop and strengthen the national network of research infrastructure. NorCRIN’s aim is to facilitate clinical research by supporting the many complex elements of this type of research, such as study design, the application process, conduction and GCP reporting (Good Clinical Practice). The main objective is to strengthen and simplify the collaboration within all categories of clinical research in Norway.

NorCRIN is the Norwegian hub of a larger European research network –  ECRIN (European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network).

The Ministry of Health and Care Services in Norway initiated the founding of NorCRIN, and St. Olavs hospital is responsible for coordinating and operating the network.

With the establishment of NorCRIN we expect the following results in Norway:

  • More national, researcher initiated clinical studies
  • More industry financed studies in Norway
  • Larger participation in international (Nordic/EU) studies
  • Speedier conduction of clinical studies
  • Better facilities for research based medical practice

Our collaborators are St. Olavs hospital (St. Olav), Oslo University Hospital (OUS), Stavanger University Hospital (SUS), Akershus University Hospital (Ahus), Tromsø University Hospital (UNN) and Haukeland University Hospital (HUS).

The secretariat is located at Stolav and consists of: NorCRIN network coordinator Sigrun K. Sæther, ECRIN correspondent Valentina C. Iversen and project manager Knut Hagen.


NorCRIN is – with St. Olavs hospital as a national partner – a member of ECRIN-ERIC (The European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network). NorCRINs contact against ECRIN-ERIC is ECRIN-correspondent Valentina Cabral Iversen.

See info on the organization of ECRIN-ERIC and visits ECRIN website for more information and the latest news from ECRIN.

What can ECRIN do for you? See the brochure – Supporting Clinical Trials Across Borders

ECRIN wishes to contribute to better and more extensive clinical research in Europe. ECRIN aims to make Europe an integrated arena for clinical research, and offer researchers in Europe access to state of the art facilities as well as training- and support services for studies within prevention, diagnostics and treatment.

ECRIN will offer support within the following areas:

Information and counselling during the planning of research projects

  • Adaptation of protocol to local standard
  • Information on regulatory and ethical standards
  • Information on relevant sites for clinical studies and recruitment of participants
  • Information on clinical research support units
  • Information on cost estimation and funding opportunities
  • Information on contracts

Support for project conduction based on the assessment of the Scientific Board

  • Submission of documents to and collaboration with relevant authorities and ethical committees
  • Insurance contracts
  • Reporting on adverse events (pharmacovigilance)
  • Monitoring
  • Data handling
  • Medicinal product handling in studies