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Can I become a HRA-registered pharmacy reviewer?

Last updated on 11 Oct 2019

We are continuing to recruit a panel of HRA Pharmacy Assurance reviewers to assist us in reviewing studies through the Pharmacy Assurance process.

Pharmacy Assurance is being implemented in a phased roll-out, with the first three phases now open and 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 specialists 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.

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?

Candidates who are interested in registering should provide the following to the HRA:

  • a copy of their current registration renewal confirmation with the General Pharmaceutical Council or Health Care Professions council, as applicable
  • a current CV (two-pages maximum)
  • a completed HRA reviewer registration form
  • a letter of support from their line manager and/or Chief Pharmacist
  • a covering letter describing how they meet the role requirements

The above documents should be submitted to

The subject line of the email should be “Reviewer registration application”. You can see how we use any personal data provided to us in our privacy notice. Candidates who are part time workers should notify us of this together with their working days in their submission. This is to ensure that we communicate with them effectively and, if successful, only assign studies for review on their working days.

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

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