Time to consider OA mandates from ethics committees
peter.suber's bookmarks 2020-08-31
"Participants [in the target study] were not respected; instead their data were used for marketing purposes. We do not know how many would have agreed to participate if this aim had been explicit in the information provided before seeking informed consent. Rather than serving the greater good, the original study served financial interests....Perhaps we now have enough evidence to demand open access to protocols and data as the new norm. Open access could be a requirement for approval by human research ethics committees. Such a proposal might restore confidence in clinical research and ensure that when patients enrol in research for the greater good, there is some chance that good will come to pass."