The VRB is a web-based database that is administrated by the French Ministry for Health. Only registered institutions are able to view and add data to the system. The register includes both healthy volunteers and “sick” volunteers who willingly participate in research when the subject of the study is unrelated to their condition.
When a subject enrols in a study, the investigating site must enter the following details in to the database:
- Centre code (unique ID code for the investigating site)
- Start & end dates of the study
- End date of the exclusion period
- Amount of compensation the volunteer will receive on completion of the study
The amount of compensation that can be received by volunteers is subject to an annual limit defined by the French Minister of Health. Also, sponsors are required to add details of the research that they intend the investigative site to carry out on to the system.
Details of each volunteer are stored under a unique ID number derived from the volunteer’s names and date of birth and all data is removed from the database one year after the last date of data entry.