May 15, 2015
The World Health Organisation issued a public statement calling for the disclosure of results from clinical trials for medical products, whatever the result, within 12 months of their completion. The WHO believes that researchers have an ethical duty to report all results of clinical trials to ensure that decisions related to the safety and efficacy of drugs and medical devices are supported by the best available evidence. Not only does the statement ask for the public release of a trial within 12 months of its completion, results from previously unpublished trials must also be made public. The WHO calls on organisations and governments to implement these measures. Many believe that this statement belies a new era as it may open the door to informed decision making about procedures and treatments for drugs and medical devices.
AllTrials asks individuals and organisations to take part in this push towards greater transparency.