Send to

Choose Destination
J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2014 Apr;58(4):525-30. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000000284.

Public-private collaboration in clinical research during pregnancy, lactation, and childhood: joint position statement of the Early Nutrition Academy and the European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition.

Author information

*Dr von Hauner Children's Hospital, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany †Emma Children's Hospital/Academic Medical Centre, Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Amsterdam, The Netherlands ‡MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit and NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre, University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, UK §Gynecology and Obstetrics, Hvidovre Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark ||Children's Hospital Zagreb University Medical School, Zagreb, Croatia ¶Children's Hospital Medical Center, University Hospitals, Bonn, Germany #European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants, Munich, Germany **UCD Obstetrics & Gynaecology, School of Medicine and Medical Science, University College Dublin, National Maternity Hospital, Dublin, Ireland ††Department of Obstetrics, Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands ‡‡Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Centre for Child Health Research, University of Western Australia, West Perth, Australia §§UCL Institute of Child Health, London, UK ||||Children's Memorial Health Institute ¶¶Department of Paediatrics, Medical University of Warsaw, Poland ##Academic Division of Child Health, School of Clinical Sciences, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK ***European Medicine Agency, Emma Children's Hospital, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands †††UCL Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK ‡‡‡Department of Paediatrics, Universita degli Studi di Napoli Frederico II, Naples, Italy §§§Department of Paediatrics, UZ Brussel, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium.


This position statement summarises a view of academia regarding standards for clinical research in collaboration with commercial enterprises, focussing on trials in pregnant women, breast-feeding women, and children. It is based on a review of the available literature and an expert workshop cosponsored by the Early Nutrition Academy and the European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. Clinical research collaborations between academic investigators and commercial enterprises are encouraged by universities, public funding agencies, and governmental organisations. One reason is a pressing need to obtain evidence on the effects, safety, and benefits of drugs and other commercial products and services. The credibility and value of results obtained through public-private research collaborations have, however, been questioned because many examples of inappropriate research practice have become known. Clinical research in pregnant and breast-feeding women, and in infants and children, raises sensitive scientific, ethical, and societal questions and requires the application of particularly high standards. Here we provide recommendations for the conduct of public-private research collaborations in these populations. In the interest of all stakeholders, these recommendations should contribute to more reliable, credible, and acceptable results of commercially sponsored trials and to reducing the existing credibility gap.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Wolters Kluwer
Loading ...
Support Center