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Can I become a HRA-registered pharmacy reviewer?

Last updated on 25 Sep 2020

We are continuing to recruit a panel of HRA Pharmacy Assurance reviewers to help with the Pharmacy Assurance process.

Pharmacy Assurance is being rolled out in phases. The first three phases are now open, covering all Phase I-III oncology studies and all Phase III non-oncology studies taking place in secondary care in the NHS.

We are currently inviting pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and radiopharmaceutical scientists to register to become HRA registered Pharmacy Assurance reviewers with expertise in one or more of the following clinical specialisms:

  • adult oncology
  • adult non-oncology
  • paediatric oncology
  • paediatric non-oncology
  • radiopharmacy
  • advanced therapy investigational medicinal products (ATIMPs)

Candidates should have experience of carrying out local pharmacy reviews. A short online training course about the review process will be provided to successful candidates. 

For further details, read the pharmacy reviewer role description.

Did you know?

HRA-registered pharmacist and pharmacy technician reviewers can use completed reviews as evidence towards their Clinical Professional Development (CPD) portfolio, and radiopharmaceutical scientists registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) may be able to use completed reviews as evidence of CPD in their record.

If you have any queries around the role, please contact

Anita Chhabra

The HRA Pharmacy Assurance reviewer is a role that will help us make a key step forward in increasing efficiency, consistency and rigour in the way we set up clinical trials across multiple sites. This role is the result of a successful pilot of the process that is now complete and we would like to implement wider. The reviewer makes sure accurate and complete information is available to all sites so they can assess quickly how they set up clinically and operationally. This single and complete source of information has in the pilot allowed us to streamline the whole process of setting up a new study. If a new study is opened quicker, new experimental treatments can be made available sooner and patients can benefit earlier. If you are interested in making a real difference then this is a role you should consider. Please apply now.

Anita Chhabra , Lead Clinical Trials Pharmacist (Oncology) and HRA Expert Advisor

Interested in applying?

Please complete the Pharmacy Assurance reviewer registration form on the HRA website and provide the following documents in an email to

  • a copy of your registration renewal confirmation with the General Pharmaceutical Council or Health Care Professions Council, as applicable;
  • a current CV (two-pages maximum);
  • a letter of support from your line manager and/or Chief Pharmacist confirming that they are happy for you to review in this capacity. The HRA will also take this as confirmation that appropriate payment processes are in pace at your trust or health board;
  • a covering letter describing how you meet the role requirements.

The subject line of the email should be “Reviewer registration application”. You can find out how we use any personal data provided to us in our privacy notice.

If you work part time you should include information about your working pattern with your application. This helps us to communicate effectively and, if successful, only assign studies for review on your working days.

Please note: study documents will be shared with reviewers through Microsoft SharePoint on the Office 365 website. You should ensure that your IT systems will allow you to access this website.

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