Ahead of final discussions currently taking place that will decide the fate of Clinical Trials Regulation in Europe, last week thirty-eight European medical, research and patient organisations sent a briefing document (PDF) on Clinical Trials Regulation to a number of prominent European contacts.

The briefing explains the importance of retaining proposed amendments which support clinical trial transparency in the draft regulation. A series of trilogue meetings relating to the draft legislation have been taking place since early November, with the last meeting expected to happen later this year and a decision expected early in the new year.

The 21-page briefing document (PDF) which was sent to permanent representatives, health attachés, secretaries, and a number of MEPs addresses each relevant amendment, citing both the proposed text along with an explanation of its importance. It also contains a two-page summary of clinical trials and why the reporting of clinical trial results is a public interest imperative.

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