Welcome to the Institute of Clinical Research

Welcome to the Institute of Clinical Research

The ICR office is currently closed but we remain available either by email or by phone +44 7955 680 944
Please click here for the latest COVID-19 Statement from the ICR Secretariat

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

COVID-19: UK commits £210m as pharmacist warns Brits not to stockpile Ventolin inhalers

By ICR Secretariat / 07/04/2020 11:42 AM

As of this morning - Friday 27th March - the current recorded case count for COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the UK has hit 11,658, with 578 deaths and 135 …

Will a home antibody test for covid-19 really be a game changer?

By ICR Secretariat / 07/04/2020 11:40 AM

The UK has ordered 3.5 million antibody tests designed to reveal whether people have been infected with the new coronavirus. The UK’s prime minister, …

In rare move, Gilead gives up 'orphan' status for experimental coronavirus drug

By ICR Secretariat / 07/04/2020 11:38 AM

Gilead has asked the Food and Drug Administration to rescind a special regulatory status for its experimental coronavirus drug, but not before stirrin…

New symptom tracking app aims to slow spread of coronavirus

By ICR Secretariat / 07/04/2020 11:36 AM

Around 5,000 twins and their families across the UK have been recruited from the TwinsUK cohort study to trial the app, which tracks in real-time how …

A guide to clinical trials disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic

By ICR Secretariat / 07/04/2020 11:35 AM

The coronavirus has upended the globe. Cities and countries have enacted shelter-in-place policies, shuttering businesses while canceling school and o…

ICR Covid-19 Statement

By ICR Secretariat / 07/04/2020 11:24 AM

The Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) is monitoring the advice of Public Health England. All of our April courses have been postponed. We have cont…

How soon will we have a coronavirus vaccine? The race against covid-19

By ICR Secretariat / 30/03/2020 12:55 PM

The hope is that we will have a coronavirus vaccine in 12-18 months, but for that to happen we may have to rely on untested techniques - and that come…

Ex-NHS workers told “Your NHS Needs You”

By ICR Secretariat / 30/03/2020 12:54 PM

NHS England has launched a recruitment drive aimed at more than 65,000 former nurses and doctors, asking them to consider returning to their professio…

New vaccine candidate for COVID-19 identified

By ICR Secretariat / 30/03/2020 12:53 PM

Researchers report they have identified a vaccine candidate for COVID-19 and are working towards phase one clinical testing. A chimpanzee adenovirus v…

Events and Courses

Advanced Monitoring J13

POSTPONED  In this highly practical course we lo...

Introduction To Clinical Trials & Clinical Trials Practice J14

POSTPONED  An Introduction to Clinical Trials and Clin...

The Function, Importance and Writing of SOPs J16

The most frequent reported deficiencies during inspections are the lack of written Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and/or the failure to adh...

GCP for Experts J17

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...

Clinical Investigations for Medical Devices - Foundation J12

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

Vendor Oversight in Clinical Trials J11

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 ...

Current Jobs

Training Opportunity – ICR Trainer

ICR Secretariat / 16/01/2020 03:15 PM
  • Training Opportunity – ICR Trainer


    For over 40 years, The Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) h…

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