A new website launched by the World Health Organisation (WHO) aims to improve online access to data on clinical trials, so that researchers, doctors and patients can obtain reliable information. Initially, data from 50,000 clinical trials provided by three registers (Britain, Australia/New Zealand and the US) have been put on the site, which can be accessed via the link below. The Clinical Trial Search Portal is “a collaborative international initiative led by WHO that facilitates the identification of all clinical trials, regardless of whether or not they have been published."
Registers submitting data must ensure they meet a minimum quality standard and that all trials are registered before any participants are recruited. Data will not be accepted directly from drug companies. The network of registers, which are required to disclose their ownership, governance structure and for-profit status, will be expanded to make it more comprehensive.