HRA legislation laid before parliament

Published on Tuesday, 27 September 2011 16:12
Posted by Scott Buckler

Legislation to establish the Health Research Authority (HRA), which will provide a new pathway for the regulation and governance of health research, was laid before Parliament today

Created initially as a Special Health Authority, the HRA will have the National Research Ethics Service at its core.

Establishment of the HRA forms part of the Government’s commitments as announced in the Plan for Growth in March 2011.

The aim is to streamline regulation, create a unified approval process, and promote proportionate standards for compliance and inspection within a consistent national system of research governance.

An independent review of medical research regulation and governance by the Academy of Medical Sciences, which reported in January 2011, recommended rationalising research regulation into a new arm’s length body.

Its recommendations also covered:


  • facilitating NHS trusts’ timely approval of research studies
  • improving the UK environment for clinical trials
  • providing access to patient data that protects individuals’ interests
  • embedding a culture that values research within the NHS
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