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Our vision & purpose

Last updated on 10 May 2018

Our aim is to make sure the UK is the best place in the world to do research.

Many members of the public want the opportunity to participate in research. We make sure that health and social care research involving them is ethically reviewed and approved, that people are provided with the information they need to help them decide whether they wish to take part, and that their opportunity to do so is maximised by simplifying the processes by which high quality research is assessed. In doing this, we will help to build both public confidence and participation in health research, and so improve the nation’s health.

To achieve this, we are constantly streamlining the process of applying for research approval and making our procedures as simple and straightforward as possible for applicants. 

We have already introduced a range of measures to make life easier for those applying for research approval, including proportionate consent guidance, helping to improve consistency within UK-wide research and HRA Approval .

Watch our short animation explaining HRA Approval and why it was introduced.

However, any measures we take to streamline the application process will always be balanced by ethical considerations and the paramount importance we place on guaranteeing the safety of study participants – as protecting and promoting the interests of patients and the public in health and social care research will always be our priority.

Moreover, we are a forward-looking organisation and know there is always work we can do to improve things further, which is why we will continue to work with our partners to make the UK the best place in the world to do research.

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