The Prospero register will list systemic reviews of health and social care research. It will be free and open to the public.
Details of study protocols will be placed on the register. Professor Lesley Stewart, director of the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the NHS's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), said this would guard against selective reporting, 'making it obvious if the research that is published differs from what was planned at the outset'.
Dame Sally Davies, acting CMO for England and DoH head of research and development, said: 'It is increasingly important that knowledge is shared efficiently.'
All reviews commissioned by the NHS's NIHR will have to be listed on the register.