Welcome to the Institute of Clinical Research

Welcome to the Institute of Clinical Research

About Us

The Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) is the probably 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

International Clinical Researcher of the Year 2020

By ICR Secretariat / 08/10/2019 10:09 AM

Raising standards in clinical research for over 20 years.

Designed to challenge, recognise and reward the talent and passion of industry and academic …

Industry shoots down Labour's plans to tackle 'extortionate' drug prices

By ICR Secretariat / 01/10/2019 03:02 PM

Labour's promise to “take on pharmaceutical companies” which “deny life-saving and life-changing medicines to ill patients by charging extortionate pr…

NHS will not pay for 'life-changing' migraine drug

By ICR Secretariat / 01/10/2019 03:00 PM

A migraine drug that has been described as "life changing" by some patients will not be made available on the NHS outside of Scotland.

Erenumab - also…

Cancer centers stretching to keep up with pharma's oncology interest

By ICR Secretariat / 01/10/2019 03:00 PM

boom in cancer drug development has flooded the nation's largest research institutions with clinical trial requests, which some say are making the s…

Alarm as uptake drops for all routine child jabs

By ICR Secretariat / 01/10/2019 02:59 PM

Coverage for all the routine childhood vaccinations for the under-fives has fallen in the past year, figures show.

NHS data for 2018-19 showed uptake …

New research analyzes video game player engagement

By ICR Secretariat / 01/10/2019 02:58 PM

Study examines how video game players engage in their chosen game and how they respond to different motivations. For games with in-game purchasing fea…

Third Edition Of The Book Of ‘Medical Law And Research’

By ICR Secretariat / 25/09/2019 03:15 PM

This publication still remains an indispensable medico-legal reference text reference work for healthcare, managerial,  administrative and research pr…

Fastest drop in smoking rates in over a decade

By ICR Secretariat / 24/09/2019 12:59 PM

As Stoptober, a national campaign to get people to stop smoking over the month of October, looms, figures show that smoking rates in England are dropp…

CBD may alleviate seizures and benefit behaviors in people with neurodevelopmental conditions

By ICR Secretariat / 24/09/2019 12:59 PM

A single exposure to CBD reduced seizure severity and improved both motor deficits and abnormal brain activity in mouse models of Angelman syndrome

How aspirin became a wonder drug against heart disease and cancer

By ICR Secretariat / 24/09/2019 12:58 PM

WE HAVE known for a while there was something about the willow tree. Hippocrates, the “father of medicine”, recommended chewing willow bark as a remed…

Events and Courses

Advanced Monitoring H32

In this highly practical course we look at the root cause of typical inspection findings and work with delegates to develop personal corrective...

GCP for Experts H33

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...

ISO-14155:2011 - Clinical Investigation of Medical Devices for Human Subjects - Good Practice H34

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

Effective Project Management for Clinical Trials (3 Days ) H35

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

Vendor Oversight in Clinical Trials H37

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 ...

Essentials of Clinical Trial Monitoring H38

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 ...

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