The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has acted on its report of late 2018 (discussed in MAP news) which showed that clinical trials have often been left unpublished.
Norman Lamb, MP, Chair of the Committee, has written to more than 40 universities carrying out clinical trials to make sure they adhere to the regulations and ensure they publish the studies. Mr Lamb said:
“The Committee applauds the universities that have reacted quickly to the clinical trials transparency problems we identified in October.
“However, it’s deeply disappointing that on the face of it most have failed to respond to the challenge so far. Universities and other trial leaders need to act on this as a matter of urgency.
“Our Committee will be returning to this issue with a follow-up evidence session, so I’m putting all universities on notice that they will be asked to come before us to explain themselves if they haven’t got their house in order by then.”
The letter sent by the Committee to universities is available in the press release announcing the Committee’s action.