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Four Nations policy group meeting and United Kingdom Ethics Committee Authority

Last updated on 19 Mar 2018

The Four Nations meeting is a discussion forum between the Health Research Authority (HRA), the Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland (HSC), the Chief Scientists Office in Scotland (CSO) and the Health and Care Research Wales.

A standing item at each Four Nations meeting is the review of any United Kingdom Ethics Committee Authority (UKECA) business. As detailed in the Medicines of Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004, UKECA is the body responsible for establishing, recognising and monitoring ethics committees in the UK. Further information on UKECA’s responsibilities are available in the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations.

The Four Nations group is also responsible for considering ways to ensure there is compatibility in procedures and processes, where possible, across the four nations, including the collaboration and development programme of work.

The Four Nations meeting is held on a bimonthly basis - meeting dates and papers can be found below.


  • 31 January 2017
  • 28 March 2017
  • 5 June 2017
  • 1 August 2017
  • 26 September 2017
  • 28 November 2017





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