March 2022: The Draft UK Resolution: Strengthening Clinical Trials to Improve Public Health

An article, “UK proposes global effort to strengthen clinical trial transparency” has been published on 30 March, 2022, on TranspariMED.

On 30 March 2022, an original draft resolution text by the United Kingdom – ‘Strengthening Clinical Trials to Improve Public Health’ was made available online. The UK will make a proposal at the 75th World Health Assembly (WHA) to be conducted between 22-28 May 2022, to improve clinical trial quality and conduct globally.

The following steps pertaining to clinical trial study design, registration, and results posting are proposed in this draft:

  • Ensuring new trials are not duplicative, are of sufficient size and appropriate design
  • Introducing grant conditions for funding clinical trials to encourage the use of standard data protocols and to mandate registration on a clinical trial registry within the World Health Organization’s International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP)
  • Establishing mechanisms to secure a commitment from researchers to share pre-publication results with regulatory bodies
  • Establishing mechanisms to ensure the results of clinical trials are reported in a timely manner following primary study completion, including through registering the results on a clinical trial registry within the ICTRP, and encouraging timely publication of the trial results ideally in an open-access publication

Additionally, the draft requests the Director General of the WHO to develop a global action plan for implementing the principles of this resolution and to present the draft action plan for consideration by the 76th World Health Assembly in 2023.

Download the full text of the UK draft resolution here.