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WHO Global Clinical Trials Forum

Facts for Prelims (FFP)


Source: WHO

 Context: The first WHO Global Clinical Trials Forum, held on November 20-21, 2023, brought together around 130 experts from 43 countries to discuss and develop a global vision for sustainable clinical research infrastructure.

Aim: The forum aimed to strengthen clinical research capabilities aligned with the World Health Assembly resolution, focusing on improving the quality and coordination of clinical trials.


What are Clinical trials?

They are research studies conducted to evaluate the safety and efficacy of medical treatments, interventions, or drugs in humans. These trials aim to gather data on the effectiveness and potential side effects of new or existing treatments and contribute to the development of evidence-based medical practices.

What is CTRI? 

The Clinical Trials Registry – India (CTRI) (est. 2007; maintained by ICMR (under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) a national clinical trial registry in India.

  • It is mandatory to register for every trial at CTRIbefore commencing
  • CTRI is a free online public record systemfor the registration of clinical trials (both public and private research) conducted in India.

The government recently (in June) passed an amendment to the New Drugs and Clinical Trial Rules (2023) that permits researchers to utilize non-animal and human-relevant methods for testing the safety and effectiveness of new drugs.