The HRA protects and promotes the interests of patients and the public in health and social care research.

We work to make the UK a great place to do research where more people have the opportunity to participate in health and social care research and continue to feel safe when they do.

HRA Approval completes implementation 31 March 2016

HRA Approval is now the route for all project-based research to commence in the NHS in England. Existing studies will be brought under HRA Approval arrangements.

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HRA Approval

We have rolled out a single approval process for all study types taking place in the NHS in England. Keep up to date with our progress and provide feedback.

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Patients and the public

Find out how we involve patients and the public in the HRA’s work to improve health research design, delivery and regulation.

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HRA News

  • HRA Approval implemented for the NHS in England

    4 April 2016

    HRA Approval is now the process for applying for approvals for all project-based research in the NHS led from England. It replaces previous systems including the NIHR Coordinated System for gaining NHS Permission (CSP). For any new studies that are …

  • Final week to respond to HRA consultation on UK Policy Framework

    17 March 2016

    Individuals and organisations have one week left to respond to the public consultation on the new UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care research. The policy framework sets out principles of good practice in the management and conduct of …

  • HRA Approval implementation 31 March 2016

    16 March 2016

    From 31 March 2016 HRA Approval will be the process for applying for approvals for all project-based research in the NHS led from England. For any new studies that are led from outside England but have English sites, the NHS …

  • HRA response to the CIOMS consultation

    3 March 2016

    HRA responds to the CIOMS Working Group Revision of the CIOMS 2002 International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects.

    The Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) recently consulted on the revised International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical …

  • NHS R&D Forum Annual Conference in association with the HRA

    24 February 2016

    The Health Research Authority (HRA) is working with the NHS R&D Forum to develop an integrated programme of HRA updates, presentations and interactive sessions as part of this year’s annual conference.

    This is the third year that the annual conference …

  • Use of placebo surgery in surgical research

    22 February 2016

    A discussion paper entitled ‘When should placebo surgery as a control in clinical trials be carried out?’ has been published by contributors to a workshop held jointly by the Health Research Authority and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics in May …

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