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Health Canada to Open Clinical Trials Database

Posted 17 December 2012 | By Ansis Helmanis

As of April 2013, Health Canada intends to provide public access to its own clinical trial database covering Phase I, II and III drug trials that have been authorized in Canada.

The database is seen as an interim measure that will provide only basic information on each trial such as the protocol title, study population, and sponsor.  The establishment of a formal Canadian trial registry is being considered for implementation at a later date.

Health Canada's clinical trial database is generally updated by about 800 clinical trials per year and does not include information on studies being conducted on medical devices.  The decision to open the database to the pubic came after a study found that only 50% of the trials authorized in Canada were registered with trial registries similar to the US' trials repository.

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