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

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

    26 May 2016

    HRA presentations were well attended at this year’s NHS R&D Forum Annual Conference which took place on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 May in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

    The conference, delivered in association with the HRA, attracted more than 400 delegates of R&D …

  • New HRA and INVOLVE briefing and guidance on public involvement and ethical review

    23 May 2016

    The HRA and INVOLVE today issued an evidence briefing and guidance on involving the public in health and social care research and the relevance of public involvement to the role of Research Ethics Committees.

    Based on the available evidence the …

  • Amendments received by the HRA Approval team – urgent and important update from the HRA

    10 May 2016

    The HRA is receiving a far higher number of amendments than we anticipated. This has started at a rate of more than 100 per day which, if sustained, would suggest 30,000 plus amendments per year (noting that last year RECs …

  • 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 …

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