Our committees and services

Our primary role as an organisation is to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health research, and to streamline the regulation of research.

We are responsible for a wide range of projects to streamline research. We provide IRAS on behalf of the IRAS partners and The Over-volunteering Prevention System (TOPS) which helps to prevent people over volunteering for first time in human clinical trials.

We are also responsible for Research Ethics Committees (RECs), including those which review gene therapy and social care research. Additonally, we provide the Confidentiality Advisory Group, which advises on Section 251 of the NHS Act (2006) relating to the use of patient identifiable information without consent.

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