Nestlé and clinical trials
Safe, transparent clinical trials give Nestlé the scientific evidence we need to decide whether our ingredients, new products and reformulated products deliver nutritional value and clear health benefits for consumers.
In 2015, for example, we had over 60 ongoing clinical trials. We register all of our trials on the Clinicaltrials.gov database, and aim to either present the results at scientific conferences or publish them in scientific literature. This principle also applies to products we have not yet commercialized, or that we have stopped developing.
To ensure our trials are safe, we follow the World Medical Association’s 'Declaration of Helsinki' that outlines ethical principles for research involving human subjects. We conduct all our clinical trials according to Good Clinical Practice (GCP), an internationally recognized quality standard.
We are also a member of the Clinical Research Working Group (pdf, 490 Kb). Founded by members of leading nutrition companies, CRWG aims to harmonize clinical research standards in the industry and build awareness of scientific value and credibility of clinical research sponsored by the nutrition industry.