In an effort to respond to growing public demand for transparency in clinical trials involving humans, the UN health agency has asked research institutions and firms to register all such studies and include details like source of funding, material support and sponsors.
'Registration of all clinical trials and full disclosure of key information at the time of registration are fundamental to ensuring transparency in medical research and fulfilling ethical responsibilities to patients and study participants,' World Health Organisation (WHO) Assistant Director-General Timothy Evans said yesterday.
As part of the International Clinical Trials Registry Platform, a major initiative aimed at standardising the way information on medical studies is made available to the public, the WHO is recommended 20 key details be disclosed at the time studies begain.
The planned platform will not be a register itself, but rather provide a set of standards for all registers. Currently, there are several hundred registers around the world but there is little coordination among them.
The platform seeks to bring participating registers together in a global network to provide a single point of access to information stored in them.
Source: PTI News