From 22 March 2011, a new register of the clinical trials authorised and ongoing in the European Union is available online to the general public. The register is established primarily to ensure transparency and to provide information to citizens and patients, and will progressively integrate and publish historical data on EU clinical trails from 1 May 2004. The register will be of great interest to health care professionals, the research community and industry. Another purpose of the register is to avoid unnecessary duplication of clinical trials. Based on data officially communicated by EU Health Authorities, every year approximately 4,000 clinical trials are authorised in the European Union. Since most of them last two to three years, about 10,000 trials are ongoing at any given time.
The European Medicines Agency will manage the clinical trials register. The register will contain information about EU clinical trials conducted in a single Member State as well as in multiple Member States, and will cover clinical trials conducted by both industry and research institutions. Sponsors shall provide and update the information in the register via the national competent authorities of reference for the clinical trials. The register will be integrated as part of the overarching EU public database EudraPharm, which also centralises information on medicines authorised in the European Union, such as the patient information leaflet.
The EU Register of Clinical Trials is accessible at http://www.ClinicalTrialsRegister.eu