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Eurosurveillance, Volume 21, Issue 6, 11 February 2016
Eurosurveillance editorial team: International Committee of Medical Journal Editors seeks feedback on suggested requirements for sharing clinical trial data

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Citation style for this article: Eurosurveillance editorial team. International Committee of Medical Journal Editors seeks feedback on suggested requirements for sharing clinical trial data. Euro Surveill. 2016;21(6):pii=30133. DOI:

In a recent editorial, ‘Sharing Clinical Trial Data: A proposal from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’, the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) puts forward that ‘As a condition of consideration for publication of a clinical trial report in our member journals, the ICMJE proposes to require authors to share with others the deidentified individual-patient data underlying the results presented in the article (including tables, figures, and appendices or supplementary material) no later than 6 months after publication’ [1].

The data sharing requirement is suggested to enter into effect for trials that start to enrol participants one year after the ICMJE requirements are adopted. Feedback following the proposals in the editorial will be considered before adopting the requirements.

The deadline for feedback via the ICMJE website is 18 April.

Read about the proposals of the ICMJE here.


  1. Taichman DB, Backus J, Baethge C, Bauchner H, de Leeuw PW, Drazen JM,  et al.  Sharing clinical trial data: a proposal from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Dan Med J. 2016;63(2):A5205.PMID: 26836791

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