As ClinicalTrials.gov celebrates its 20th anniversary on February 29, 2020, federal officials are asking for input on how it can improve.
“The ClinicalTrials.gov modernization effort is an opportunity to ensure that the technical infrastructure will support users for many years to come as it provides the foundation for delivering the value that you expect from the site,” says Rebecca Williams, PharmD, MPH, acting director of ClinicalTrials.gov at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
“In undertaking this effort, it is critical that we hear from clinical research professionals, including those who submit clinical trial information or rely on listed information, to ensure that we understand and appropriately prioritize your needs,” Williams tells ACRP.
Among other initiatives, federal officials recently announced three activities:
- ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization RFI: NLM has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public input to guide in planning infrastructure enhancements aimed at ClinicalTrials.gov users and submitters as part of this multi-year modernization initiative. Comments are due March 14, 2020.
- Webinar on ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization and How to Provide Input: Williams will present a webinar on January 22, 3:30–4:00 p.m. ET, about ClinicalTrials.gov modernization (this will be posted to the site after the event, as well). Find more information on how to register on the gov Modernization webpage.
- Save the Date for a public meeting planned for April 30, 2020, at the Natcher Conference Center on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md.
ClinicalTrials.gov is the world’s largest public clinical research registry and results database, giving patients, families, healthcare providers, researchers, and others easy access to information on clinical studies relating to a wide range of diseases and conditions. The online resource, which has more than 145,000 unique visitors every day, is operated by NLM and makes available information provided directly by the sponsors and investigators conducting the research.
Author: Michael Causey