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Clinical Trial/Research Information

WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP)

WHO Trial Registration Data Set

Ottawa Statement on Trial Registration

The World Health Organization announces new standards for registration of all human medical research

CONSORT Statement
CONSORT, which stands for Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials, encompasses various initiatives developed by the CONSORT Group to alleviate the problems arising from inadequate reporting of randomized controlled trials (RCTs). The main product of CONSORT is the CONSORT Statement, which is an evidence-based, minimum set of reccommendations for reporting RCTs. It offers a standard way for authors to prepare reports of trial findings, facilitating their complete and transparent reporting, and aiding in their critical appraisal and interpretation. The CONSORT Statement comprises a 25-item checklist and a flow diagram, along with some brief descriptive text. The checklist items focus on reporting how the trial was designed, analysed and interpreted; the flow diagram displays the progress of all participants through the trial.

Useful Links 

Health Research Web (HRWeb) is a web-based, interactive platform aimed at improving health, equity and development through research.

Research Ethics Web is home to the Mapping African Research Ethics Review Capacity (MARC) project which is developing an interactive map of health research ethics review and capacity and drug regulatory capacity in Africa.

Global Health Trials is an open collaboration which aims to transform clinical research skills and knowledge in developing countries by providing access to free guidance, resources, training and career support and recognition through the sharing of best practice. As well as resources, the website contains discussion groups, free certified eLearning courses and an accredited Professional Membership Scheme for maintaining and building a record of clinical research skills and experience.

Global Health Reviewers is an online community for members of research review committees, and provides support, guidance, review and a professional network to these committee members, particularly in resource-limited settings. The website contains a variety of materials including guidelines and FAQs, and forums are also provided to assist committee members reviewing different kinds of research proposals.

The Pan African Medical Journal (PAMJ)

The Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED)

Clinical Research Education and Development (CREDE)

Child Specific Links and Information

Paediatric medicines Regulators' Network (PmRN)
There is a significant need for research and development of paediatric medicines. The lack of suitable paediatric medicines, paired with inconsistent regulatory frameworks, poses significant risks to a particularly vulnerable patient population. As part of the WHO's Better Medicines for Children initiative a Paediatric medicines Regulators' Network (PmRN) has been set up with representatives from national medicines regulatory authorities (NMRAs) from all regions.

Vaccines for Africa (VACFA)
VACFA is a partnership of concerned individuals and organisations who have come together with the expressed purpose of increasing awareness of and promoting uptake of vaccines on the African continent. VACFA provides a forum for the exchange of accurate, up-to-date and fully research information on vaccines and immunisation practices relevant to Africa for health professionals, policymakers, programme managers, parents and the general public.