In a joint statement, the Indian Council of Medical Research, the Norwegian Research Council, the UK Medical Research Council, Médecins Sans Frontières and Epicentre (its research arm), PATH, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Institut Pasteur, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Wellcome Trust agreed to develop and implement policies within the next 12 months that require all trials they fund, co-fund, sponsor or support to be registered in a publicly-available registry. They also agreed that all results would be disclosed within specified timeframes on the registry and/or by publication in a scientific journal.
Today, several studies say, about half of whole clinical trials share stay unregistered, due to negative results. Such studies leave an incomplete picture of risks and benefits of vaccines, drugs, medical devices. It causes confusion and harmful consequences of using appropriate products.
All parties of this agreement also consolidated a decision to follow-up registration policies execution and develop audition trials results system.
In 2015 World Health Organization announced its position towards clinical studies results publication, which establishes terms for results registration and appealed to unregistered trials results publication. This point was brought by World Medical Association’s Declaration of Helsinki 2013. Today’s agreement is also will lead to the execution of ethical principles adopted in both documents.
Most of these trials and their results will be accessible via WHO’s International Clinical Trials Registry Platform, a unique global database of clinical trials that compiles data from 17 registries around the world, including the United States of America’s clinicaltrials.gov, the European Union’s Clinical Trials Register, the Chinese and Indian Clinical Trial Registries and many others.