For further information / interesting links, please see below.
In the Netherlands, the Central Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (CCMO) oversees the operations of accredited Ethics Committees (ECs) (e.g. the approval of appointed EC members, their training requirements and ensuring implementation of adequate quality control measures). The CCMO is also responsible for keeping track of all clinical trial applications reviewed in the Netherlands since 1999.
This register adds to the transparency for all involved, and any person with slightly more than layman’s knowledge could quite easily find particular trials (active or non-active) matching an indication of their interest.
It contains lots of information on what to submit to which body, and how.
The CCMO website is available in English as well.
I am a member of the following organisations:
www.acrpnet.org – Association of Clinical Research Professionals
www.icr-global.org – The Institute of Clinical Research
www.darqa.nl – Dutch Association for Research Quality Assurance
www.efgcp.eu – European Federation of Good Clinical Practice
In addition, the following two sites offer good information and training.