ICMJE Announces Requirement for Clinical Trial Data Sharing Statements

The International Committee of Medical Journal editors has published an editorial announcing a requirement for data sharing statements to accompany reports of clinical trials.

Key points:

  1. As of 1 July 2018 manuscripts submitted to ICMJE journals that report the results of clinical trials must contain a data sharing statement
  2. Clinical trials that begin enrolling participants on or after 1 January 2019 must include a data sharing plan in the trial’s registration
    • Data elements are currently available in the PRS: Plan to Share IPD? and Plan Description

This policy could be a big driver for data sharing, similar to 2005 when ClinicalTrials.gov registration skyrocketed in response to the ICMJE policy requiring registration. Read the editorial here or at www.icmje.org.


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