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 over 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 to 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

Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU Rules in the Field of Clinical Trials

By ICR Secretariat / 21/09/2018 11:35 AM

The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on Eur…

EUFEPS 2019 Annual Meeting

By ICR Secretariat / 13/08/2018 12:43 PM

After a fruitful Annual Meeting this year, EUFEPS is proud and happy to announce the 2019 Annual Meeting to be held in Frankfurt, Germany between Marc…

Q&A on Data Monitoring Committees: EMA Drafts Consultation

By ICR Secretariat / 08/08/2018 11:30 AM

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) last week opened a consultation on a new question and answer document on data monitoring committees.

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Document Manager Awards

By ICR Secretariat / 02/08/2018 10:27 AM

Nominations are now open for the 
2018 Document Manager Awards

This is your opportunity to put forward the companies, hardware and software products tha…

ICR at Making Pharmaceuticals 2018!

By ICR Secretariat / 08/06/2018 01:23 PM

Making Pharmaceuticals have released their promotional video from the 2018 conference! Featuring part of an interview with our Operations Director, Je…

MHRA’s GXP data integrity guide published

By ICR Secretariat / 26/03/2018 08:02 PM

'The MHRA’s GXP data integrity guide has been published today.

‘GXP’ refers to the various good practices regulated by the UK MHRA, including the Good…

PharmaTimes International Clinical Researcher of the Year Finalists announced!

By ICR Secretariat / 26/03/2018 07:59 PM

The finalists of the PharmaTimes International Clinical Researcher of the Year 2018 have been announced!

The categories are:

  • Clinical Trial Administr…

UK PM signals intent to remain with EMA

By ICR Secretariat / 08/03/2018 10:04 AM

'Prime Minister Theresa May has unveiled the government’s desire for the UK to remain part of the European Medicines Agency following its departure fr…

FDA Adopts ICH Good Clinical Practice Addendum

By ICR Secretariat / 08/03/2018 10:00 AM

'The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday finalized its version of the addendum to the International Council for Harmonisation's (ICH) g…

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…

Events and Courses

Project Management Forum ICR

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Statistics for Non-Statisticians G19

Statistics is the art and science of summarising data. &nbsp;Statistics play an essential role in all stages of clinical research from design thr...

Data Management for Clinical Researchers G20

Are you a clinical researcher who has to review and approve data management plans, but find yourself struggling to know what you should be lookin...

GCP for Experts G35

This course takes a deeper dive into ICH GCP, exploring the interactions with the other ICH guidance documents. Starting with a refresher on the ...

Clinical Investigations for Medical Devices - Foundation G29

In this one day course we explore clinical investigations for medical devices. &nbsp;We will review the latest legislation and its impact on determini...

Effective Project Management for Clinical Trials (3 Days ) G36

This three day practical course provides delegates with basic project management techniques that can be applied to clinical trial project management. ...

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