HRA Latest
December 2019
Research Tissue Banks -  new eLearning modules

Technical Assurance review fee update

Technical Assurances team attended UK Clinical Pharmacy Association Conference 2019

Christmas message from Teresa Allen,
HRA Chief Executive
Hello and welcome to the final HRA Latest of 2019. Before we head off to spend time with family and friends this festive season, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for being part of another successful year for the Health Research Authority and offer a taste of things to come as we start the new decade in just a couple of week’s time.

2019 has been a year of change for the HRA. In April we launched our integrated approvals service, something you may have noticed when you contacted the organisation. We are confident that this new way of working will deliver significant benefits, for applicants and for the wider UK research environment. As well as recognising the contribution of our wonderful staff, I must also say a huge thank you to the volunteers who tirelessly donate their time and expertise to the research ethics service. This year we’ve held 845 full meetings. This, along with 669 proportionate review meetings, equates to around 20,000 days of volunteer effort dedicated to ensure that health and social care research is safe, legal, ethical and fair.

2019 also saw the launch of our best practice principles for public involvement. These four key statements, developed with patients and public participants, should be used by researchers to ensure that their studies involve the people they are designed to benefit. In 2020 we will share more information about some exceptional research projects which involved excellent public involvement and which we hope will inspire your own practice.

In June we launched the Make it Public consultation to inform our new strategy for research transparency. Over 700 organisations and individuals responded. Around a quarter were members of the public, patients, research participants or carers, and we look forward to launching the new strategy next year to ensure that health and social care research is always transparent.

We continued our work to streamline the research process through the launch of the Local Information Pack, and model agreements, and are grateful to everyone who offered feedback on these new resources. Our Combined Ways of Working pilot, in partnership with the MHRA, has now had over 100 applications, testing a co-ordinated process to improve the service being offered for the approval and ongoing management of Clinical Trials of Medicinal Products (CTIMPs).

And finally, 2019 also saw us welcome our new Chair. Professor Sir Terence Stephenson joined the HRA this autumn and we look forward to working with him in the years ahead to continue to ensure that the HRA protects and promotes the interests of patients and the public in health and social care research.

With a new government in place, 2020 promises more change. In the new year our website will highlight guidance on preparing for EU Exit, so please do watch this space.

Until then, we wish you a peaceful Christmas. If you’re working over the holidays please don’t forget to check our opening hours.
Research Tissue Banks – new eLearning modules
We have produced two new eLearning modules about Research Tissue Banks (RTB). The modules, developed in partnership with the Human Tissue Authority, aim to help the research community and Research Ethics Committee (REC) members understand the legal, ethical and regulatory aspects of RTBs.

Technical Assurance review fee update
From 1 April 2020, the HRA expects that all submissions to Technical Assurance will have the review fees included in their budget where applicable.

For more information regarding review fees and the routes to submission, please visit the Technical Assurance pages of the HRA website.

Technical Assurances team attended UK Clinical Pharmacy Association Conference 2019
The Technical Assurances team from the Health Research Authority recently attended the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association ‘Pharmacy Together’ Conference 2019.

The team were there to promote the use of Pharmacy Assurance, the single technical review of clinical trials conducted by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians registered with the HRA.

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