For the first time ever, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has taken a position on clinical trial results reporting, and it’s a very strong position! The WHO now says that researchers have a clear ethical duty to publicly report the results of all clinical trials. Significantly, the WHO has stressed the need to make results from previously hidden trials available.
Ben Goldacre said, “This is a very positive, clear statement from WHO, and it is very welcome.”
Ilaria Passarani from the European Consumer Organisation BEUC called it “a landmark move for consumers.”
It is the position you, we and hundreds of people and organisations wrote to the WHO last autumn urging them to adopt. Well done!
You can read more about the WHO’s statement and responses to it on the AllTrials website, in The BMJ (£) and Science and from Reuters. Please help share this exciting news on your website, in your newsletter, and on Twitter and Facebook.
The WHO has called on organisations to take responsibility to ensure that results from all trials get reported in their sectors. Ben Goldacre has set out some practical suggestions but organisations like the RSTN have to make it happen. How will your organisation lead the way in driving up standards and ensuring the results of past trials are uncovered?