Register a clinical trial in Australia

Find out how to register a clinical trial in Australia, why it’s important and when to register.

Why you should register

Registering your clinical trial means:

  • people can find out about it
  • healthcare providers can identify trials relevant for their patients.

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When to register

Clinical trials must be registered before you enrol your first participant. This is known as prospective trial registration and improves research transparency. It is:

Register your trial as soon as possible, in a clinical trial registry. The Australian and New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR) recommends registering at the same time as you apply for ethics approval.

A clinical trial registry is a publicly accessible database that contains details about your trial, including:

  • the design
  • conduct and administration information
  • contact details
  • trial status.

How to register

Researchers can register their trial on the ANZCTR website, which includes information on how to register.

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