LONDON (Reuters) – Britain on Tuesday said those carrying out phase-1 clinical trials needed to have a risk assessment in place in response to the coronavirus outbreak or they could be halted, though the action does not affect COVID-19 trials.

“We have written to all Phase I accredited units conducting early phase clinical trials to seek confirmation that all trials have undergone a risk assessment in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19) and the current government advice,” the government said.

“It is important to stress that this action is not applicable to ongoing or proposed clinical trials related to COVID-19.”

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton)

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