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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Gathering and disseminating clinical drug trial data

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) and an associated Search Portal

The idea is to gather together the world's clinical trials, published and unpublished, and provide OA to their results.  When launched, the ICTRP contained 50,000 trials from the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand.  (Thanks to ResourceShelf.)

From the ICTRP front page:

The mission of the WHO Registry Platform is to ensure that a complete view of research is accessible to all those involved in health care decision making. This will improve research transparency and will ultimately strengthen the validity and value of the scientific evidence base.

The registration of all interventional trials is a scientific, ethical and moral responsibility.

From the page on results reporting:

Once a trial is registered, full transparency and accountability requires that all of the trial's results be made available to the public in a timely manner....