First, do no harm: a global perspective on diversity and inclusion in clinical trials


Published on: May 8, 2024

Published inNature Reviews Drug Discovery

Description: New requirements for clinical trial sponsors to submit diversity action plans to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are an important step to embed planning for diverse representation in clinical trial research. These must not, however, be implemented in ways that are detrimental to other countries’ health and research interests. It is possible for those making operational decisions on country and site selection to address the needs of underserved populations in other countries at the same time as meeting US regulatory expectations — for example, by addressing barriers to diverse recruitment. Site selection should follow purposeful engagement in the local and regional culture, considering the needs of the local population, and proceed only if the trial is responsive to those needs.