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.

New patient and public pages on HRA website

We have launched new pages with information on how research is regulated and approved by the HRA, public involvement in research and how to become involved with our work.

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What we do

HRA Approval

This is the approval process for all study types taking place in the NHS in England. Keep up-to-date with developments 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

  • Confidentiality Advisory Group: understanding public views on using personal data

    16 March 2017

    What are the circumstances under which it is acceptable to use confidential patient and service user information without consent for purposes beyond direct patient care?

    This is the core question that the 25 members of the Health Research Authority’s Confidentiality

  • Dr Richard Tiner

    7 March 2017

    It is with great sadness that we hear of the news of the death of a close friend of the Health Research Authority, Dr Richard Tiner.

    A former general practitioner in the South West of England for many years, Richard …

  • Confidentiality Advisory Group Patient Involvement Workshop

    31 January 2017

    Registration for this event has now closed due to a large number of expressions of interest. Those who obtained a place will be contacted on Monday 13th  February.

    London Marriot County Hall, 22 February 2017, 9am-1pm

    The Health Research …

  • HRA publishes new proportionate consent guidance

    31 January 2017

    The HRA is encouraging researchers to take a more proportionate approach to the process of seeking consent for participation in research.

    Researchers have an ethical and legal obligation to make sure that people volunteering for research projects have the information …

  • Have your say on the HRA website

    9 January 2017

    We’re about to begin work to improve the HRA website – we want to make it easier to access the information you need. We’d love to hear your thoughts on what you like and don’t like about our current site, …

  • Research Ethics Committee work recognised in New Year’s Honours

    31 December 2016

    Three research ethicists with close links to the Health Research Authority have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for a combined total of nearly 45 years’ service to Research Ethics Committees.

    Professor Andrew George, deputy vice-chancellor of …

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