Stakeholders are gathering in London this week for a workshop titled Data Anonymization – a Key Enabler for Clinical Data Sharing.
The workshop, jointly organized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard, is but one example of efforts by a broad range of stakeholders to enhance clinical trial data sharing. The workshop will seek to propose guiding principles to enable international data sharing – an area in which PhRMA and its member companies are leading the way.
Making research data available to qualified researchers has the great potential to advance medical research to benefit patients by accelerating the development of new medicines and improving patient care. The biopharmaceutical industry has been at the forefront of initiatives to improve access to clinical trial data and has led the way in sharing patient-level data. Industry details its commitments to sharing clinical trial data in the joint EFPIA-PhRMA Principles for Responsible Clinical Trial Data Sharing (or Principles) which were adopted by the boards of both associations in July 2013.
The Principles support enhanced data sharing while safeguarding patient privacy, respecting the integrity of national regulatory systems, and maintaining incentives for investment in biomedical research.