Terms & conditions

Last updated on 16 Aug 2018

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The HRA expects and sets standards based on established best practice, ethics and management and expects those standards to be followed. In accordance with its statutory responsibilities to both patients and the public, the HRA will make reasonable enquiries of researchers, research sponsors and others to ensure those standards are demonstrably met.
Those involved in research that falls within the remit of the HRA are expected (this should not be taken to mean that there is a legal requirement) to meet those standards and respond to HRA enquiries in that respect.

The HRA will use the terms ‘requirement’ or ‘must’ to demonstrate the legally compelling nature of an instruction and ‘expectation’ or ‘should’ where the instruction is based on standards that fall short of a legal requirement (and those legal requirements include specific Research Ethics Committee conditions), for example, because the HRA considers it to be best practice or there is an ethical obligation. The HRA is currently reviewing all its website material to ensure greater consistency in current documentation in the use of language in conveying standards that the HRA expects should be followed (ethical obligations or best practice) or must be followed (legal requirements).

The HRA website material is a statement of the HRA understanding. Whilst the reader is encouraged to seek further clarification from the HRA in respect of any queries via the queries line, it will be for the reader to take their own legal advice as to what their legal duties are.


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Information provided on this website is designed to provide general information only.

There is no guarantee that links to external sites from our website lead to the most up-to-date information on that site.

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We encourage organisations to link to our website (we do not require organisations to request permission to do so). However, we do request the following conditions are met:

  • Links are not traded (if you offer a link to our website, we will not necessarily offer to create a link to your website in return)
  • Do not use the link in a defamatory context
  • You must not copy the HRA logo or use it to create a link
  • Pages on this website are subject to change without notice, so we advise you link to a section heading, rather than deep-linking to content

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  • A link does not imply an endorsement of a site and not linking to a particular site does not imply lack of endorsement of that site
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We reserve the right to withdraw a link or refuse to link to any website without providing an explanation or justification
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