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The WHO Database of Regulatory Information Tracking of Clinical Trials Registration & Ethics Committees (REGTRAC)

The REGTRAC database is a worldwide resource for regulators, legislators, health researchers and the general public, and a tool for measuring the impact of the ICTRP project on clinical research transparency. It shows what are the countries that have policies and regulations on ethics committees and clinical trials registration. This will allow the WHO’s ICTRP team to identify the existing supports and barriers, on a government level, for the registration of clinical trials, and in turn, research transparency. It could potentially also be a good tool for measuring good governance in countries.

Currently, REGTRAC has collected information from some countries but will be adding more as soon as the data is available. We invite all countries who wish to add or update their information to send us an email on ictrpinfo@who.int

Current list of countries

CountryWHO RegionEthics regulationEthics legislationClinical trials regulationClinical trials legislation
ArgentinaAMROYesYesYesYes
AustraliaWPROYesYesYesYes
AustriaEUROYesYesYesYes
BelgiumEUROYesYesYesYes
BrazilAMROYesYesYesYes
CanadaAMROYesYesYesYes
ChinaWPROYesYesYesYes
ColombiaAMROYesYesYesYes
CubaAMROYesYesYesYes
FinlandEUROYesYesYesYes
FranceEUROYesYesYesYes
GermanyEUROYesYesYesYes
IndiaSEAROYesYesYesYes
IrelandEUROYesYesYesYes
ItalyEUROYesYesYesYes
Republic of KoreaWPROYesYesYesYes
NetherlandsEUROYesYesYesYes
New ZealandWPROYesYesYesYes
NorwayEUROYesYesYesYes
PeruAMROYesYesYesYes
Russian FederationEUROYesYesYesYes
South AfricaAFROYesYesYesYes
SpainEUROYesYesYesYes
Sri LankaSEAROYesYesYesYes
SwedenEUROYesYesYesYes
SwitzerlandEUROYesYesYesYes
ThailandSEAROyesYesYes (not mandatory)Yes (not mandatory)
UgandaAFROYesYesYesYes
UkraineEUROYesYesYesYes
United KingdomEUROYesYesYesYes
United States of AmericaAMROYesYesYesYes

The export function saves all data in a semi-column delimited text file format which then can be open in Excel for analysis.


Country details

WHO Region Country

Research ethics committees

Regulation Yes/No
Regulation url
Regulation detail
Legislation Yes/No
Legislation url
Legislation detail

Clinical Trials

Regulation Yes/No
Regulation url
Regulation detail
Legislation Yes/No
Legislation url
Legislation detail
Date of Last Update
Disclaimer: Trials posted on this search portal are not endorsed by WHO, but are provided as a service to our users. In no event shall the World Health Organization be liable for any damages arising from the use of the information linked to in this section. None of the information obtained through use of the search portal should in any way be used in clinical care without consulting a physician or licensed health professional. WHO is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness and/or use made of the content displayed for any trial record.
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