Our committees

Quick links to our committees for research ethics, gene therapy and confidentiality – please make sure you are familiar with the content for the research community before applying.

Our committees
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About the HRA

The HRA was established in December 2011 to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health research, and to streamline the regulation of research.

Through the streamlining, ethical review and approval of health research,  we help to build both public confidence and participation in health research, and so improve the nation’s health.

More about the HRA

About the HRA

The HRA was established in December 2011 to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health research, and to streamline the regulation of research.

Through the streamlining, ethical review and approval of health research,  we help to build both public confidence and participation in health research, and so improve the nation’s health.

More about the HRA

Our committees

Quick links to our committees for research ethics, gene therapy and confidentiality – please make sure you are familiar with the content for the research community before applying.

Our committees
Research community

The research community section (including information for industry and funders) is arranged as a journey through the research process, with all the detail you need at each stage (including ethical review) available through Resources items and links between pages.

Patients and the public

This section contains basic guides to what we do and how to get involved with our work. By following the links, you should be able to find more detail on the areas you are most interested in. We have also published the reports of the public dialogue workshops.

Section 251

This allows the Secretary of State for Health to make regulations to set aside the common law duty of confidentiality for defined medical purposes. Applications are coordinated through the Confidentiality Advisory Group (CAG).