Intensive Care Medicine

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 271–271 | Cite as

Collateral damage or apocalypse now for European academic research

  • Ernst A. Singer
  • Christiane DrumlEmail author

The bureaucratic burden for academic investigators in Europe has tremendously increased since the implementation of the European Directive 2001/20/EC [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. This increase neither contributes to patient protection nor to the scientific value of clinical trials. Furthermore, a number of new procedures have been added to the bureaucratic workload necessary before initiating a clinical trial. In this light, the request of the International Committee of Medical Editors (ICMJE) for a publicly accessible registry [6, 7, 8]—although a convincing strategy which adds transparency—also means a further increase in the bureaucratic paperwork for the investigators. The ICMJE member journals state that all trials starting enrolment after 1 July 2005 have to be previously registered in a database, otherwise these journals will refuse to publish the results. The goal of such an initiative is the prevention of undisclosed trials as well as duplicate and selective reporting.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ethics Committee of the Medical University of ViennaBorschkegasse 8bViennaAustria

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