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

PIPMG - Smart Project Management Event

By ICR Secretariat / 10/08/2017 11:07 AM

Our projects are typically focused on deliverables at the end and we can focus single-mindedly on these. This meeting will look at how we can optimise…

GCP inspection metrics for 2015 to 2016 published

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

Last weeks published GCP inspection metrics report for 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016.

During the metrics period a total of 102 GCP Inspections wer…

Statistical analysis outlines level of data fabrication in some clinical trials

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

The study, performed by John Carlisle, consultant, Department of Anaesthesia, Torbay Hospital, examined the distribution of data in 5,087 trials publi…

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 being 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

Essentials of Clinical Trial Monitoring

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 ...

Non-Interventional Clinical Trials F36

The delegates will be guided through the regulatory and clinical aspects of non-interventional clinical trials and identify the key safety and ethical...

The Proactive Clinical Researcher F37

Do you want to work SMARTER not HARDER?  This course is focused on the needs of a clinical researcher and is a very practical course with exer...

Project Management Forum CT

Chairman's Forum - Project Management&nbsp; <...

Vendor Oversight in Clinical Trials F38

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

ISO-14155:2011 - Clinical Investigation of Medical Devices for Human Subjects - Good Practice F39

Approximately 1.5 million different medical devices are available globally; with thousands of new and innovative medical devices being introduced t...

Current Jobs

Medherant Clinical Project Manager (CPM)

ICR Secretariat / 02/08/2017 10:15 AM
  • Medherant is looking for an experienced CPM to manage its international clinical studies and support…

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UCL Research Assistant (Clinical Trials Rater)

ICR Secretariat / 22/06/2017 01:44 PM
  • UCL Department / Division: UCL Institute of Neurology
    Specific unit / Sub department: Leonard …
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