WE NEED HELP: A Petition Opposing the New NIH Clinical Trials Regulations
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Posted by: Psychonomic Society
As many of you will have heard by now, NIH has adopted a new policy that denies the distinction between basic research and clinical trials, and, starting in January 2018 requires virtually all basic research studies to be registered as a clinical trial. This policy is outlined here:
The goal of fostering openness, transparency, & replicability is a good one that we endorse but this is not the way to get there. It will make exploratory research more difficult, mislead the public, and burden researchers and their institutions with new bureaucratic requirements that will accomplish nothing.
NIH officials have already heard objections from many directions, but so far they seem to be considering at most small tweaks to their policy. Therefore several of us have drafted an Open Letter to Francis Collins outlining the reasons for our objection to the new policy.
Please consider signing the Open Letter, which you can find here:
You can also write a comment on the policy here:
Please forward this email widely to other scientists who you think might be interested.