Current Status of Clinical Research Centers Worldwide

In recent years, countries around the world have been intensifying efforts to promote the construction of clinical research centers, aiming to elevate medical research standards and drive technological innovation in healthcare. Here are the latest developments in the field of clinical research in China, the United States, South Korea, and the United Kingdom:



Since 2003, China has initiated the construction of research-oriented hospitals and wards, experiencing substantial growth after 2012. Recently, the Beijing Municipal Health Commission and six other departments jointly issued the “Opinions on Strengthening the Construction of Research-oriented Wards in Beijing,” incorporating the construction of hospital-based research wards into policy at the national level. Various provinces across the country are also actively promoting the development of research-oriented wards, contributing to the enhancement of China’s clinical research capabilities.


United States:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States, as the official medical research institution, provides significant support for clinical research. The NIH’s Clinical Research Center, headquartered in the largest clinical research hospital in the country, is supported and funded by the NIH for over 1500 ongoing research projects. Additionally, the Clinical and Translational Science Award program establishes research centers nationwide to promote biomedical research, accelerate drug development, and cultivate clinical and translational researchers, positioning the United States as a leader in medical research.


South Korea:

The South Korean government has elevated the development of the pharmaceutical industry to a national strategy, offering substantial support for the growth of biotechnology and medical-related industries. Since 2004, South Korea has established 15 regional clinical trial centers dedicated to coordinating and advancing clinical trials. In South Korea, hospital-based clinical research centers operate independently with comprehensive facilities, management structures, and highly skilled personnel to meet the demands of clinical research.


United Kingdom:

Established in 2004, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network in the United Kingdom operates within the framework of the National Health Service (NHS). The network’s primary function is to provide a one-stop service supporting researchers and funders in clinical research, effectively integrating resources, enhancing research scientific rigor, expediting research processes and translational outcomes, ultimately improving the efficiency and quality of clinical research. This multi-tiered national clinical research network allows the UK to synergistically advance medical research globally, providing robust support for medical research and healthcare innovation.


The establishment and progress of clinical research centers at various levels in these countries collectively drive global advancements in medical research, laying a solid foundation for continuous improvement in clinical treatment and healthcare technology.

Post time: Feb-05-2024