There are ongoing discussions amongst the medical research community around how we can better share clinical trial data. In early 2016, the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) published its proposal on ‘Sharing clinical trial data’ underlying published studies in member journals, and launched a public consultation on the proposal. On 8 September 2016, the Academy and Wellcome facilitated a workshop to review and discuss the ICMJE’s proposal on data sharing, a short summary of which can be downloaded from the righthand side of this page.
The workshop, chaired by Professor Sir Michael Rawlins FMedSci, Chair of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, brought together clinical trialists primarily working in academia. Delegates were introduced to the ICMJE’s proposal by Professor Jeff Drazen, Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, before participating in a discussion around the current proposal. The discussions recognised the value of sharing clinical trial data and the overarching need to encourage data sharing, as well as exploring some concerns regarding the proposal in its current form.
A high level meeting note from the workshop has now been published, and can be downloaded from the righthand side of this page.