The Royal Statistical Society has added its support to a campaign lobbying governments, regulators and research bodies to publish all results of clinical trials, whether the results are good or bad.
The issue is one that the RSS has long supported
. ‘The Royal Statistical Society is committed to transparency in scientific and social research,’ the RSS said in a statement pledging its support
. ‘It is crucially important that the results of scientific research be made publicly available and disseminated as widely as is practical, in a timely fashion. Decisions to publish should not be based on whether research findings are “positive” or “negative”.’
The campaign asserts that around half of all clinical trials have not been published and that some trials have not even been registered. It calls on responsible bodies to ensure that all trials past and present, for all treatments, are registered; and that the full methods and the results are reported.
It calls, in particular, for the European Medicines Agency to take action as the EU Clinical Trials Regulation is currently before the European Parliament with deadlines for amendments in mid-February.