Regional Centres are located in departments of clinical pharmacology or clinical toxicology in the University Hospitals. They each have a defined geographical region of intervention which is included along with their address and phone numbers in the Vidal Drug Dictionary.
They have several missions (Moore et al, 1985):
• Collecting and recording reports of ADRs
• Providing information on ADRs to healthcare professionals, but also to the local hospital director(s) (e.g. in formulary boards), and to the Agency, as required
• Conducting research on drug-related risks.
Regional Pharmacovigilance Centres are established through a convention between the Agency and the University Hospital. They are financed by the Agency on the basis of performance, which includes not only the number of reports received and questions answered, but also collective activities and scientific publications.
The University Hospitals also contribute to their financing by seconding personnel, and by providing material support, the latter varying according to the Hospital. Personnel in the Centres can be financed through the university and hospital (professors, practitioners, assistants, interns and medical or pharmacy students), and through the Agency grants.
Regional Centres have a scientific association, included within the French Pharmacological Society, which organises yearly scientific meetings within the yearly French Pharmacological Society Meeting in the spring, and other workshops or thematic meetings in the fall, and co-sponsors with the Agency and the French Pharmaceutical companies yearly methodology workshops.
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