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

Merck, in latest COVID-19 setback, scraps one drug and pins hopes on another

By ICR Secretariat / 22/04/2021 10:36 AM

  • Merck & Co. will halt development of one experimental COVID-19 drug and change the clinical development plan for another, the latest setback to …

New advice on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women in UK

By ICR Secretariat / 22/04/2021 10:35 AM

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that pregnant women in the UK be offered COVID-19 vaccination at the same time …

New UK challenge trial studies if people can catch coronavirus again

By ICR Secretariat / 22/04/2021 10:31 AM

British scientists on Monday launched a trial which will deliberately expose participants who have already had COVID-19 to the coronavirus again to ex…

Farxiga fails to achieve statistical significance in COVID-19 trial

By ICR Secretariat / 15/04/2021 01:25 PM

AstraZeneca (AZ) announced this morning that its diabetes drug Farxiga was unable to hit the primary endpoints in a Phase III trial assessing the drug…

Researchers lay out hypothesis for rare side effect linked to AstraZeneca vaccine

By ICR Secretariat / 15/04/2021 01:23 PM

Researchers in Germany, Norway and Austria have put forward a hypothesis for why in some very rare cases the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZen…

Covid in Wales: What do the stats tell us?

By ICR Secretariat / 13/04/2021 02:10 PM

What can different statistics tell us about coronavirus in Wales?

We seem to be bombarded with different measures, but what do they mean …

Vitamin D: The truth about an alleged Covid ‘cover-up’

By ICR Secretariat / 13/04/2021 02:08 PM

There are many treatments that have been suggested for Covid-19.

Hydroxychloroquine, Ivermectin and vitamin D - all are, or were, being s…

Twice-weekly coronavirus tests for all

By ICR Secretariat / 08/04/2021 03:33 PM

The government has announced plans for everyone in England to be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus testing from April 9, in a bid to fur…

AstraZeneca, Oxford vaccine prevents COVID-19 in big US study amid controversy overseas

By ICR Secretariat / 25/03/2021 11:37 AM

A two-shot regimen was 79% effective at protecting people from COVID-19, which should support the fourth clearance of a vaccine in the U.S. and calm s…

A year on from lockdown, India reports worst day for COVID-19 in months

By ICR Secretariat / 25/03/2021 11:36 AM

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India reported its most COVID-19 cases and deaths in months on Monday, on the first anniversary of the start of a chaotic nation…

Coronavirus vaccines are rolling out quickly. Here's where the pipeline stands.

By ICR Secretariat / 25/03/2021 11:33 AM

Scientists, drugmakers and governments have moved with unprecedented speed to develop multiple vaccines for the new coronavirus.

CHMP issues positive opinion for Lilly’s COVID-19 antibodies

By ICR Secretariat / 16/03/2021 03:49 PM

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has adopted a positive opinion for the use of Eli Lilly’s …

Biotech's deal refusals led to pricey buyout by Merck

By ICR Secretariat / 16/03/2021 03:48 PM

  • Pandion Therapeutics, a small Massachusetts biotech, successfully resisted multiple overtures by pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. to license or …

EMA launches rolling review of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine

By ICR Secretariat / 11/03/2021 04:24 PM

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) human medicines committee (CHMP) has launched a rolling review of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine.

Biotech's deal refusals led to pricey buyout by Merck

By ICR Secretariat / 11/03/2021 04:22 PM

  • Pandion Therapeutics, a small Massachusetts biotech, successfully resisted multiple overtures by pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. to license or …

Modified COVID-19 vaccines can avoid ‘lengthy’ clinical studies, says MHRA

By ICR Secretariat / 11/03/2021 04:20 PM

Updated COVID-19 vaccines that are modified in response to new variants will not require a brand new approval or ‘lengthy’ clinical studies to receive…

Moderna, Pfizer ready multi-pronged plans for coronavirus variants

By ICR Secretariat / 04/03/2021 02:17 PM

  • Moderna and Pfizer are progressing plans to test additional booster shots or modified vaccines tailored to a coronavirus variant originally detected…

ICON to acquire PRA Health Sciences in $12bn deal

By ICR Secretariat / 04/03/2021 02:16 PM

Dublin-based clinical trials group ICON is set to acquire rival contract research organisation (CRO) PRA Health Sciences in a deal worth approximately…

Events and Courses

Statistics for Non-Statisticians K11

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

Clinical Trial Administration - Beyond the Basics K9

THIS COURSE WILL TAKE PLACE ONLINE VIA ZOOM Clinical Trial Administrators are at the heart of any project team and play an essential role in the clini...

GCP for Experts K13

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

Vendor Oversight in Clinical Trials K7

This course will run ONLINE VIA ZOOM. Vendor Oversight is currently a hot topic as sponsors and vendors aim to get to grips with what is really requir...

Introduction To Clinical Trials & Clinical Trials Practice J31

An Introduction to Clinical Trials and Clinical Trial Practice, the ICR’s flagship training course, is accredited by Cranfield University. This h...

Effective Project Management for Clinical Trials (3 Days ) J37

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

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