So I got an email from the folks from alltrials.net on their progress. I explained the initiative in an earlier post in which I also told that I as well as the Dutch Epidemiological Society (VVE) signed the petition. So did it help? Just read the following section from their email.
You, and 40,000 other people around the world, have signed the AllTrials petition. We are on the threshold of significant change, but we now urgently need help from all of you to make this a reality.
Your support has already persuaded hundreds of organisations to commit to the aim of getting all clinical trials registered and their results reported. These include regulators and faculties. GSK, one of the biggest drug companies in the world, has signed up and others are considering it. Some of these groups are now starting discussions about the practical ways to stop trial results being withheld.
So far we’ve created a ripple, and got some important commitments. We have empowered individuals in large organisations to speak up, and it has changed the mainstream opposition on this issue. In doing so, we have also challenged those who try to pretend that the problem doesn’t exist, or who falsely claim that it has already been fixed.
But this is only the start if you ask the alltrials.net folks: they want to push on with three goals:
- One million signatures on the petition.
- More international organisations signed up.
- £40,000 so we can keep going.
I can only agree: consider signing (if you haven’t done so already)!