HRA to develop unified research approval system for England

The HRA welcomes the announcement of funding for plans for HRA Assessment and Approval. This funding means that the HRA will be able to reduce duplication and bureaucracy by incorporating assessments by NHS staff alongside the independent Research Ethics Committee opinion, which will result in one application, one assessment and one approval for research in the NHS in England.

These proposals will build on recent improvements in timelines for approvals, will radically simplify the regulation of research and will remove complexity for researchers and industry.

The HRA will now streamline this complex process, with the HRA’s Approval addressing practical, legal and ethical aspects of the study. This will allow local research teams to work with their NHS trust to set up and deliver the study.