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 therapies.

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 participate.

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