The HRA and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have been exploring opportunities to improve the service being offered for the approval and ongoing management of Clinical Trials of Medicinal Products (CTIMPs).
We see increased assimilation as a positive step forward. With that in mind we've launched a combined ways of working pilot to test an integrated process.
The pilot is currently open to applications by prior agreement only, with the expectation that it will be opened up to all CTIMP applications as it develops. If you are interested in submitting an application into this pilot, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include ‘combined ways of working pilot’ in the subject line.
The pilot process requires a single CTIMP application dossier to be submitted for both the Clinical Trial Authorisation (CTA) and the Research Ethics Committee (REC) opinion. In England and Wales this will also incorporate HRA and Health and Care Research Wales (HCRW) Approval.
The process involves a single submission, combined communications to request any further information required and a single communication to confirm the final decision.
Only certain RECs are involved in this pilot, although the number involved continues to increase.
The most up-to-date information about which RECs are taking part in the pilot and when they meet will always be included in the REC meeting schedule below.
Each REC meeting has a submission period within which applications must be submitted. Applications into the pilot must be received during the submission period for any chosen REC, otherwise the application will be allocated to the next available REC meeting. Please note the reservation of slots in advance is required to increase the chance of the meeting having availability.
Key guidance and documents
In preparation for the EU Clinical Trials Regulation we have been working with EU Member States to develop harmonised templates for documents which will form of the Part 2 application dossier. These templates have now been endorsed by the EU Clinical Trial Expert Group and published on the European Commission website. The purpose is to provide a suite of templates which clinical trial sponsors can access and use when submitting CTIMP applications to all EU Member States under the Regulation. Whilst these harmonised templates have been agreed at an EU level, national guidance should always be consulted prior to using these templates as there may be some variation in what is required.
These templates can also be used prior to the Regulation applying, subject to national arrangements. In the UK, we encourage use of these templates when submitting applications into the Combined Ways of Working pilot (currently not for non CWoW application), in accordance with the application dossier guidance.
The following templates are currently available:
- Investigator CV
- Declaration of Interest
- Site suitability
- Recruitment and informed consent procedure:
|REC name||Submission open||Submission closed||Meeting date|
|Bristol Central||10 Jan 2020||17 Jan 2020||31 Jan 2020|
|Bristol Central||7 Feb 2020||14 Feb 2020||28 Feb 2020|
|Bristol Central||6 Mar 2020||13 Mar 2020||27 Mar 2020|
|London Westminster||7 Jan 2020||14 Jan 2020||28 Jan 2020|
|London Westminster||4 Feb 2020||11 Feb 2020||25 Feb 2020|
|London Westminster||10 Mar 2020||17 Mar 2020||31 Mar 2020|
|London Westminster||7 Apr 2020||14 Apr 2020||28 Apr 2020|
|West of Scotland REC 1||14 Jan 2020||21 Jan 2020||4 Feb 2020|
|West of Scotland REC 1||11 Feb 2020||18 Feb 2020||3 Mar 2020|
|West of Scotland REC 1||17 Mar 2020||24 Mar 2020||7 Apr 2020|
|East of Scotland REC 2||14 Jan 2020||21 Jan 2020||04 Feb 2020|
|East of Scotland REC 2||11 Feb 2020||18 Feb 2020||03 Mar 2020|
|East of Scotland REC 2||17 Mar 2020||24 Mar 2020||07 Apr 2020|
|London Hampstead||11 Dec 2019||18 Dec 2019||08 Jan 2020|
|London Hampstead||22 Jan 2020||29 Jan 2020||12 Feb 2020|
|London Hampstead||18 Mar 2020||25 Mar 2020||8 Apr 2020|
|Oxford A||17 Jan 2020||24 Jan 2020||07 Feb 2020|
|Oxford A||14 Feb 2020||21 Feb 2020||06 Mar 2020|
|Mancehster Central||23 Dec 2019||30 Dec 2019||13 Jan 2020|
|Manchester Central||20 Jan 2020||27 Jan 2020||10 Feb 2020|
|Manchester Central||17 Feb 2020||24 Feb 2020||09 Mar 2020|
|Manchester Central||23 Mar 2020||30 Mar 2020||13 Apr 2020|
|North West- Haydock||21 Jan 2020||28 Jan 2020||11 Feb 2020|
|North West- Haydock||18 Feb 2020||25 Feb 2020||10 Mar 2020|
|North West- Haydock||24 Mar 2020||31 Mar 2020||14 Apr 2020|
|Leeds East||13 Jan 2020||20 Jan 2020||03 Feb 2020|
|Leeds East||10 Feb 2020||17-Feb 2020||02 Mar 2020|
|Leeds East||17 Mar 2020||24 Mar 2020||07 Apr 2020|
|Health and Social Care REC A||01 Jan 2020||07 Jan 2020||21 Jan 2020|
|Health and Social Care REC A||4 Feb 2020||11 Feb 2020||25 Feb 2020|
|Health and Social Care REC A||4 Mar 2020||11 Mar 2020||24 Mar 2020|
|Health and Social Care REC B||26 Dec 2019||2 Jan 2020||16 Jan 2020|
|Health and Social Care REC B||23 Jan 2020||30 Jan 2020||13 Feb 2020|
|Health and Social Care REC B||20 Feb 2020||27 Feb 2020||12 Mar 2020|
|North East- York||13 Dec 2019||20 Dec 2019||03 Jan 2020|
|North East- York||17 Jan 2020||24 Jan 2020||7 Feb 2020|
|North East- York||13 Mar 2020||20 Mar 2020||3 Apr 2020|
|Berkshire B||24 Dec 2020||31 Dec 2020||14 Jan 2020|
|Berkshire B||21 Jan 2020||28 Jan 2020||11 Feb 2020|
|London Surrey Borders||25 Dec 2019||01 Jan 2020||15 Jan 2020|
|London Surrey Borders||29 Jan 2020||05 Feb 2020||19 Feb 2020|
|London Surrey Borders||26 Feb 2020||04 Mar 2020||18 Mar 2020|
|London Surrey Borders||25 Mar 2020||01 Apr 2020||15 Apr 2020|