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Harper Government Takes Steps To Bring Clinical Trial Information Home -
Plans Underway for First Canadian List of Authorized Clinical Trials

October 18, 2012
For immediate release

OTTAWA - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, today announced the Government of Canada's intention to create a web-based list of Health Canada authorized drug clinical trials in patients.

"This project will make information about drug clinical trials easier for Canadians to find and use so that they can make informed decisions about their health," said Minister Aglukkaq. "It will no longer be necessary for patients and health care providers to search through various international registries to find out if trials are available in Canada."

Stakeholders will be formally invited to provide feedback on the plan and proposed information to be included in the list later this fall. When ready, the list will be placed on Health Canada's website.

Health Canada will continue to encourage sponsors to register their clinical trials on the two publicly accessible registries currently available. These registries, which are also part of the World Health Organization's Register Network, collect and display international clinical trial information and can be searched free of charge.

Health Canada is committed to providing updates on progress related to clinical trial registration and disclosure, and feedback will be taken into consideration as the project moves forward. This initiative is another example of the Government of Canada's commitment to transparency.

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