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Investigational New Drug (IND) Decision Resource Site

Not sure whether or not you need to file an IND to conduct your study? Think your study might be exempt?

You're not alone. The language in the Code of Federal Regulations and the Food and Drug Safety Act is difficult to interpret and often misunderstood. Many researchers make the mistake of not filing an IND when by regulation, they are required to do so.

The Office of Clinial Research at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine has developed several resources to assist you with this process:

IND Decision Tool
The IND Decision Tool guides you through a decision tree process to help determine whether or not you need to file an IND. Use of the IND Decision Tool also can help clarify the conditions in which an IND is typically required.
Begin the IND Decision Tool now
IND Submission Template
The IND Submission Template provides essential elements, guidance, and a formatted document in which to prepare an IND submission to the FDA.
Download IND Submission Template for drugs not yet marketed
Download IND Submission Template for marketed drugs
Use this website to learn more about FDA Regulations as they apply to clinical research investigating the use of drugs.
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