REGISTRY SNAPSHOT: Pan African Clinical Trials Registry (PACTR)

by Staff writer,
Posted on 6/18/2019

Knowing which countries to submit clinical trial results summaries to is the easy part. What becomes difficult is learning the intricacies and transparency requirements of every clinical trial registry globally, including the Pan African Clinical Trials Registry (PACTR). Here is an overview of this registry:

Registry name: Pan African Clinical Trials Registry (PACTR)

Region: Africa

Year established: 2009

Points of interest:

  • The PACTR is managed by the Cochrane South Africa at the South African Medical Research Council
  • Originally, the PACTR was established as the AIDS, TB, and Malaria (ATM) Clinical Trials Registry and widened its scope in 2009, becoming the PACTR
  • PACTR accepts all clinical trial applications that are conducted in Africa
  • The registry satisfies the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) publication mandates
  • In July 2009, the PACTR was awarded WHO Primary Registry Status
  • As some sponsors lack internet access, clinical trials can be registered online, by email, physical mail, or facsimile
  • The PACTR excludes observational studies from registration
  • Registry users can access clinical trial information online without registering as a user via the search function
  • The PACTR complies with the requirements as listed in the ICMJE September 2004 and May 2005 editorials
  • The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) provided start-up and sustainability funding to the PACTR
  • In July 2018, the PACTR underwent redevelopment to create a more user-friendly online experience

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