As part of the roll out of Health Research Authority (HRA) Approval in England, operational and policy leads from the 4 Nations have worked closely to ensure compatibility of NHS research approval systems across the UK.
As part of this, over the next 6 months, the 4 Nations have committed to review the information required for study approval/confirmation of capacity and capability at the local NHS site level. This is with the aspiration of coming to a common UK position, that supports the timely set-up of studies and that meets the needs of sponsors, research sites, NHS patients and service users.
This review will be facilitated through a series of workshops involving operational and policy leads from across the UK. Until further UK-wide guidance on local information can be agreed and issued, the interim position for management of local NHS site information is as follows:
The above arrangements will be reflected in updates to operational guidance documents, including the HRA Approval Q&A.
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