24th Jul 2015

Latest News from the Health Research Authority

Year in Review
The Health Research Authority has launched its Year in Review for 2014/15. Highlights include how the HRA has promoted transparency in research and how it has made health research more efficient.

Click here to access the document in full.

HRA Approval
The phased roll out of HRA Approval began on 11 May 2015 for NHS staff research that does not require review by an NHS Research Ethics Committee.

For more information on how to apply please click here.

More detail about the next stage of implementation can be found here.

REC Application Review and Advice Service
The HRA has been developing and testing an extended Research Ethics Committee (REC) Application Review and Advice service. This new service aligns with HRA Approval as HRA staff help applicants during the ethical review process and will provide early benefit for studies that are in the later phases of HRA Approval roll out.

Further details about this service can be obtained from the HRA Improvement and Liaison Manager, Catherine Blewett: .

Seeking feedback on qualitative protocol guidance and template
The HRA has announced a consultation on the guidance and template to assist organisations and individuals to improve the consistency and quality of their qualitative protocols. Comments on this are invited until 14 August 2015. Please click here to respond.

Development of EU guidance for lay summaries of clinical trial results
The HRA has volunteered to lead on the development of EU guidelines for summaries of clinical trials results for lay persons. The summaries will sit on the future EU portal as part of the new Clinical Trials Regulations. A first draft of the guidance is expected in November 2015 and this will go out for a formal consultation before the final presentation.

Summary of responses - seeking consent for simple and efficient trials in the NHS
The HRA has released draft guidance on seeking consent for simple and efficient trials in the NHS and has published a summary of the responses received so far.

Please click here to view a summary of responses.

Recruiting participants into health research
The HRA has been working with members of the public and patients to get a better understanding of their views on key topics which will inform future policy and guidance.

The final report is now on the HRA website.

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