One of ERNICA’s objectives is to conduct multi-centre research projects. A ‘scientific committee’ has been set up within the ERNICA network to act as a ‘gatekeeper’ for scientific outputs. The committee is responsible for initiating and monitoring multi-centre research studies within ERNICA and defining the rules and regulations that surround this.

ERNICA's first Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT):

The STEPS-EA trial is a multi-centre Randomised Controlled Trial looking at intralesional STEroid injections to Prevent refractory Strictures in patients with Esophageal Atresia. The trial involves 1:1 randomization to injection with 10 mg/ml TAC (Kenacort-A 10) prior to balloon dilatation and balloon dilatation without any injection. This trial is in development. For any questions please email the STEPS-EA trial team at