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

ICR Ethics & GCP Forum

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

PIPMG Project management methodologies- Which add value and which are a waste of effort?

By ICR Secretariat / 12/10/2017 04:30 PM

Life science projects use many methodologies to a varying degree of formality - Lean Sigma, Risk models, Decision models, Problem solving and so on.


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 …

Downtime notice for EudraCT Results

By ICR Secretariat / 28/09/2017 11:50 AM

The European Medicines Agency will be carrying out essential maintenance activities to various computer systems.
EudraCT Results will not be available …

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 coordin…

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 Inspec…

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…

Quintiles joins NHS Vanguard's Real World Data Initiative

By ICR Secretariat / 20/06/2017 11:45 AM

QuintilesIMS has entered into a strategic collaboration with the national Cancer Vanguard to contribute its anonymised patient level, real world data …

Gene therapy by the numbers

By ICR Secretariat / 19/06/2017 03:39 PM

Gene therapies have been in clinical development for decades, a winding, stop-and-start path toward transforming science's understanding of the genome…

ICH Expands MedDRA's Uptake Globally

By ICR Secretariat / 19/06/2017 03:33 PM

This week The International Council for Harmonization (ICH) touted the global expansion of its Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities (MedDRA). …

Aberdeen University to launch investigation after report uncovers clinical trial failures

By ICR Secretariat / 07/06/2017 02:16 PM

ABERDEEN University has launched a probe following claims it failed to follow international ethical guidelines in its clinical trials. External resear…

Dozens of recent clinical trials contain false data

By ICR Secretariat / 07/06/2017 01:24 PM

Dozens of clinical trial reports likely contain inaccurate data. The information comes from John Carlisle, who used statistical tests to determine whe…

China is about to begin clinical trials on embryonic stem cells

By ICR Secretariat / 06/06/2017 03:39 PM

Surgeons in Zhengzhou, China, will soon begin the first clinical trial of embryonic stem cells on parkinsons sufferers, injecting the stem cells direc…

Delay in the development of the EU portal

By ICR Secretariat / 05/06/2017 10:51 AM

The EU portal, an integral part of the new EU Regulations 536/2014, has been delayed again. It is not yet clear whether this will delay the implementa…

EMA Publishes Brexit Guidance Section of Their Website

By ICR Secretariat / 04/05/2017 10:22 AM

The EMA have published guidance for marketing authorisation holders over how Brexit will affect their responsibilities. Particularly, they remind comp…

Events and Courses

Implementing the updates to ICH-GCP - E6 [R2] F43

ICH has issued a substantial change to the Good Clinical Practice Guideline, reflecting the substantial changes to the clinical tr...

Effective Project Management for Clinical Trials (3 Days) F46

This practical course provides delegates with project management tools and techniques, based on the Association for Project Management body of knowled...

Chairman's Forum - Focus on Training CT

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Clinical Trial Administration - Beyond the Basics F48

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

Essentials of Essential Document Management; Managing the TMF F49

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

Essentials of Clinical Trial Monitoring F50

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 ...

Current Jobs

UCL Research Assistant (Clinical Trials Rater)

ICR Secretariat / 22/06/2017 01:44 PM
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