ANZCTR reaches over 8000 trials
The Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR) is now
providing public information on 8222 trials.
The ANZCTR, when it was established in 2005, was one of the
first primary registries of the World
Health Organisation (WHO) Registry Network. It registers trials
from all countries (although most are Australian) and from the full
spectrum of clinical research, including trials of pharmaceuticals,
surgical procedures, preventive measures, lifestyle, devices,
treatment and rehabilitation strategies and complementary
People interested in participating in a clinical trial and
doctors looking for trials for their patients have access to a
reputable and comprehensive online register showing what trials are
occurring and where.
Health professionals are able to investigate the evidence behind
new treatments, therapies and drugs by looking up trials listed by
the ANZCTR. It helps researchers identify gaps in their own
research and prevents unnecessary duplication of clinical trials.
Having access to information about trials under way provides
valuable insights for researchers.
There is growing recognition internationally of the need to
record the existence of clinical trials so that a true picture of
the evidence for a particular new treatment, drug, medical device
or therapy is publicly available. The registry helps to provide
patients and health practitioners with access to information about
trials that they may consider important for their future treatment
choices or trials in which they may be interested to
The CTC was an early champion of trial registration to reduce
bias in publication of results. Since 2005, prior registration has
been a condition of publishing trials research. The International
Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE, which includes,
among many others, editors of the Medical Journal of
Australia, the Lancet and the New England Journal
of Medicine) will only consider clinical trials for
publication in their journals if they are included on an authorised
register (such as the ANZCTR) at the trial's inception.
For more information please visit the ANZCTR website here