Workshop on clinical-trial data and transparency this afternoon

News 22/11/2012

The European Medicines Agency's workshop on access to clinical-trial data and transparency is taking place this afternoon between 1.00 and 5.00pm London time.

The workshop follows the Agency's decision to proactively publish clinical-trial data and enable access to full data sets by interested parties. However, before this can be achieved, there are a number of practical and policy issues that need to be addressed.

The workshop is intended to elicit the views, interests, and concerns from a broad range of institutions, groups and individuals. Speakers include:

  • Virginia Barbour (PLoS Medicine);
  • Giovanni Buttarelli (Deputy European Data Protection Supervisor);
  • Susan Forda (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, EFPIA);
  • Ben Goldacre (author and journalist);
  • Peter Gøtzsche (Cochrane Collaboration);
  • Gerhard Grill (Office of the European Ombudsman);
  • Peter Høngaard Andersen (EFPIA);
  • François Houÿez (Eurordis).

The workshop will be moderated by Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust. The Agency's Executive Director, Guido Rasi, and Senior Medical Officer, Hans-Georg Eichler, will also address the workshop.

Results from the workshop will help the Agency define the modalities of proactive access to clinical-trial data, in a way that best serves patients and public health.

A live broadcast of the workshop is available. The discussions can also be followed on Twitter with the hashtag #ctdata.

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