Related guidelines and initiatives

CONSORT is part of a broader push to produce reporting guidelines (RGs) for many different types of research. This page contains a brief description and links to some work that relates to clinical trials.


The ASSERT (A Standard for the Scientific and Ethical Review of Trials) initiative is a proposed standard for the review and monitoring of randomized clinical trials by research ethics committees. Among other items, its checklist incorporates certain elements of CONSORT, to ensure fulfillment of the requirements for scientific validity in the ethical conduct of clinical research.

PRISMA (formerly QUOROM)

The PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) Statement provides an evidence-based minimum set of items that for reporting systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and is an update and expansion of the QUOROM Statement. Although it focuses on randomized trials, the PRISMA Statement can also be used as a basis for reporting systematic reviews of other types of research, particularly evaluations of interventions.

For information about reporting guidelines for different types of research, visit: 


The EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) project aims to help fulfill the potential impact of reporting guidelines on the quality of research.

Page last edited: 10 May 2011