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UK clinical trials must be registered to win ethics committee approval

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 16 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5614
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Clinical trials in the United Kingdom will have to be registered on a publicly accessible database as a condition of winning approval from ethics committees, under a new rule from the UK Health Research Authority that takes effect on 30 September.

The move is a start on implementing the authority’s action plan to increase transparency in research, set out in a discussion paper last May, which included ensuring that the outcomes of clinical trials are published.1

The authority, which has signed up to the AllTrials campaign on disseminating clinical trial data (, confirmed in July that …

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