Welcome to the Institute of Clinical Research

Welcome to the Institute of Clinical Research

About Us

The Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) is the oldest independent membership-led professional body for global clinical researchers.  

For nearly 40 years, The Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) has provided high quality training, networking and support to the clinical research community.  For many Members the Institute has been part of their life throughout their working careers , many have been with the Institute since its first incarnation as the ACRPI.

It is the membership that makes the Institute

How does it all work ?

The Institute of Clinical Research is you the Membership governed by the Articles of Memorandum drawn up by the founding members.

The Board is made up of members who give their time freely to guide the future direction of the ICR.

The ICR Secretariat is the administrative arm of the Institute, its primary focus is the ensure that the wishes of the Board and Membership are carried out and to see to the day to day tasks that any membership organisation generates.


Our Mission

The ICR exists to support our members through all stages of their careers. We do this, in part, by:

  • Defining and refining standards for our profession
  • Providing a forum for discussion of key issues impacting clinical research
  • Promoting good relations with other healthcare related groups 
  • Providing opportunities for learning and development to enhance professional competence 
  • Enhancing public confidence and understanding of clinical research.


Current News

Ethics and GCP Forum Available to Book Now!

By ICR Secretariat / 05/02/2018 11:17 AM

The ICR Ethics and GCP Forum on 16th April 2018 is available to book now! It provides an excellent opportunity to: 

  • Keep up to date with current ethi…

Clinical Trial Deaths - Will Clearer Informed Consent Documents Be Enough?

By ICR Secretariat / 27/01/2018 02:21 PM

'In October 2017, the watchdog group Center for Responsible Science (CRS), along with clinical trial participants and the father of a deceased trial p…

500,000 Britons’ Genomes Will Be Public by 2020, Transforming Drug Research

By ICR Secretariat / 17/01/2018 01:06 PM

"Six drug firms are paying to sequences the genes of every volunteer in the UK Biobank.

In an effort to vault genetics into a new era of big data, six…

Scientific Archivists Group Change of name to the Health Sciences Records and Archives Association

By ICR Secretariat / 04/12/2017 03:33 PM

With effect from 1st January 2018, the Scientific Archivists Group (SAG) will change its name to the Health Sciences Records and Archives Association …

Bayer unblinds cancer drug study early to investigate patient deaths

By ICR Secretariat / 04/12/2017 03:25 PM

"Dive Brief:

  • German drugmaker Bayer AG's efforts to expand use of its prostate cancer drug Xofigo hit a major safety setback Friday, after the compan…

Acorda Takes a $363M Hit as Deaths Lead to Termination of Parkinson's Drug

By ICR Secretariat / 04/12/2017 03:23 PM

"On Nov. 15, Acorda Therapeutics reported that it had ended enrollment in its Phase III clinical trial of tozadenant for Parkinson’s disease due to se…

EMA Move to Amsterdam

By ICR Secretariat / 04/12/2017 03:19 PM

"Well, that was unexpected. The EU’s third and final vote on the new location of the European Medicine Agency tied between Milan and Amsterdam, with A…

How Amazon Could Disrupt The CRO Model

By ICR Secretariat / 19/11/2017 02:36 PM

Kenneth Wu:

'After my last Clinical Leader article, "How Amazon Could Improve Patient Experience", a friend of mine recommended the book The Everythin…

International Clinical Researcher of the Year

By ICR Secretariat / 19/11/2017 02:32 PM

Designed to challenge, recognise and reward the talent and passion of industry and academic researchers, the PharmaTimes International Clinical Resear…

Joint Statement on the Application of Good Clinical Practice to Training for Researchers

By ICR Secretariat / 02/11/2017 09:31 AM

This joint statement advocates a proportionate approach to the application of GCP training to researchers.
Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is an internati…

ICR General Administration Internship

By ICR Secretariat / 01/11/2017 04:46 PM

The ICR is looking for 2 graduates to join us as an part-time intern for 3-6 months from November. We launched our internship scheme in the summer of …

EudraVigilance cutover period 8-21 November SUSARs submission

By ICR Secretariat / 27/10/2017 03:33 PM

During the EudraVigilance cutover period, 8 - 21 November it will not be possible to submit SUSARs via EudraVigilance, EVWEB, EVCTM. Please click the …

ICR Ethics & GCP Forum

By ICR Secretariat / 12/10/2017 04:37 PM

The ICR Ethics and GCP Forum is now fully booked! If you would like to register on the wait list, please contact the ICR office either by phone [01628…

Kristen McLeod takes on the leadership of the Office for Life Sciences

By ICR Secretariat / 01/10/2017 07:24 PM

The Department of Health and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are delighted to announce that Kristen McLeod will take up th…

New EU GMP Legislation published

By ICR Secretariat / 28/09/2017 04:55 PM

The European Commission has published new GMP legislation in the Official Journal of the EU. Directive 2017/1572 covers GMP for marketed products and …

EMA staff favour move to Amsterdam

By ICR Secretariat / 28/09/2017 04:21 PM

The EMA has told the EU Commission that Amsterdam is the preferred choice among its staff for its new headquarters, according to reports.

On Tuesday t…

MHRA- Upcoming GCP stakeholder engagement meeting

By ICR Secretariat / 25/09/2017 05:19 PM

The MHRA are holding a GCP Stakeholder engagement meeting on 16th November at our offices in London in order to explore 3 areas of the new Clinical Tr…

Intercept shares plummet on FDA warning

By ICR Secretariat / 25/09/2017 05:03 PM

'The Food and Drug Administration has followed up Intercept Pharmaceuticals' "Dear Health Care Provider" letter with a drug safety communication conce…

MHRA Survey

By ICR Secretariat / 19/09/2017 10:47 AM

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is conducting a survey to better understand how it can support its customers.

'As part of our …

EMA Annual Report of the GCP IWG 2016

By ICR Secretariat / 06/09/2017 01:58 PM

The EMA has released the 2016 Annual Report of the Good Clinical Practice Inspectors Working Group.

The GCP IWG focuses on harmonisation and coordina…

GCP inspection metrics for 2015 to 2016 published

By ICR Secretariat / 24/07/2017 11:47 AM

Last week the MHRA published the 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016 GCP Inspection metrics report.

During the metrics period a total of 102 GCP Inspect…

Statistical analysis outlines level of data fabrication in some clinical trials

By ICR Secretariat / 22/06/2017 03:22 PM

A statistical analysis of just over 5,000 randomised, controlled trials published in anaesthetic and general medical journals has found suspicious sta…

Action needed to prevent confusion over medicines

By ICR Secretariat / 22/06/2017 03:15 PM

Only about a third (37%) of the public trust evidence from medical research, compared to approximately two-thirds (65%) who trust the experiences of t…

HRA Update - Single form to REC and R&D Submissions from next week

By ICR Secretariat / 22/06/2017 10:41 AM

From the evening of 28 June 2017, a combined IRAS form that merges the Research Ethics Committee (REC) and R&D forms will be used across the UK. A…

FDA Planning Phased Transition to New Cures Act Drug Development Tool Qualification Scheme

By ICR Secretariat / 20/06/2017 01:39 PM

The FDA is planning to transition to a new drug development tool qualification process — as required by the 21st Century Cures Act — for clearing the …

Governments Must Commit Funding for Data Sharing to Flourish

By ICR Secretariat / 20/06/2017 01:17 PM

Data sharing is widely agreed to be beneficial for both scientists and the general public, but hosting data is expensive, and government agencies rare…

Merck pauses cancer studies due to patient deaths

By ICR Secretariat / 20/06/2017 01:06 PM

Mercks has paused enrollment in two studies for their immunotherapy drug, Keytruda after an external Data Monitoring Committee reccomendation. The Com…

Events and Courses

Foundation in Good Clinical Practice G7

This course provides an in-depth look at the regulatory systems currently in operation in the EU and their impact, together with UK legislation, on...

Essentials of Clinical Trial Monitoring G8

This practical course defines the role of the clinical research monitor and explains the interaction with others in key roles as part of the clinical ...

Essentials of Essential Document Management; Managing the TMF G9

The MHRA GCP Inspectorate has updated their definition of critical to include, ‘where provision of the Trial Master File (TMF) does not comply wi...

Clinical Trial Administration - Beyond the Basics G10

Clinical Trial Administrators are at the heart of any project team...

Vendor Oversight in Clinical Trials G11

Vendor Oversight is currently a hot topic as sponsors and vendors aim to get to grips with what is really required.  You don’t want to outsource ...

Advanced Monitoring G12

Throughout this highly interactive two day practical course, Dr Alison Messom looks at the root causes of inspection findings- Alison will work...

Current Jobs

ICR General Administration Internship - Paid

ICR Secretariat / 01/11/2017 04:42 PM
  • Institute of Clinical Research - Maidenhead
    £7.10 - £7.50 an hour - Part-time, Internship

    The ICR is …

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