World Health Organisation calls for full disclosure of trial results

The World Health Organization has issued a public statement calling for the disclosure of results from clinical trials, whatever the result. The move aims to ensure that decisions related to the safety and efficacy of vaccines, drugs and medical devices for use by populations are supported by the best available evidence.

“Our intention is to promote the sharing of scientific knowledge in order to advance public health,” said Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation. 
 
“Failure to publicly disclose trial results engenders misinformation, leading to skewed priorities for both research and development and public health interventions,” she said. 
 
The WHO statement falls into line with the objectives of the All Trials campaign for research transparency – which WCPT signed up to in 2013, joining other national and international professional associations, research institutes, journals and patient groups. 
 
“WCPT’s policy statement on research clearly advocates for the reporting of research results, both positive and negative, as an ethical responsibility and a requirement for evidence based practice,” says Tracy Bury, WCPT’s Director of Professional Policy.