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

Ethics & GCP Presentations - April 2019

By ICR Secretariat / 17/04/2019 03:14 PM

Presentations from the Ethics & GCP Forum held on 11th April 2019

Welcome Presentation 

MHRA Update - Kirsty Wydenbach

Update on HRA Approval &…

Call to end ban on producing immune therapy from UK blood

By ICR Secretariat / 17/04/2019 02:55 PM

Eight-year-old Megan Steadman's immune system is like that of a newborn and needs a special treatment derived from blood plasma to strengthen it.


‘Concerning’ levels of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease among young people

By ICR Secretariat / 17/04/2019 02:54 PM

A new study has shown an alarmingly high prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) amongst young adults in the UK, including one in 40 w…

Gene-silencing: 'New class' of medicine reverses disease porphyria

By ICR Secretariat / 17/04/2019 02:52 PM

Doctors have used a new type of medicine called "gene silencing" to reverse a disease that leaves people in crippling pain.

The condition, acute inter…

More GP appointments available due to success of pilot scheme

By ICR Secretariat / 17/04/2019 02:52 PM

An NHS scheme that has enabled GP practices to free up more time for doctors to see their patients is to be extended following a successful pilot.


'Female Viagra' keeps alcohol black box warning amid FDA dispute with Sprout

By ICR Secretariat / 17/04/2019 02:36 PM

The dispute between Sprout and the FDA stems from competing interpretations of the post-marketing studies on Addyi (flibanserin​), testing whether tak…

Measles: How a preventable disease returned from the past

By ICR Secretariat / 10/04/2019 03:24 PM

Measles is one of the world's most infectious illnesses but until recently cases had been declining. So what's led to recent outbreaks?

Lyrica reclassified after being linked to 33 deaths

By ICR Secretariat / 10/04/2019 03:22 PM

Pfizer's Lyrica (pregabalin) is to be reclassified following concerns over misuse.

On the back of a public consultation and advice from the Advisory C…

Countess of Chester Hospital says no to Wales' patients

By ICR Secretariat / 10/04/2019 03:22 PM

An English hospital has said it will no longer take in patients from Wales except emergencies and maternity cases.

Chemotherapy doses review after 14 NHS Tayside patients die

By ICR Secretariat / 10/04/2019 03:21 PM

An independent review is to be carried out into chemotherapy given to 14 women who died after NHS Tayside gave lower doses than other Scottish health …

Brexit will have ‘minimal’ effect on R&D in UK, says expert

By ICR Secretariat / 10/04/2019 03:20 PM

Despite Brexit uncertainties, the future for UK research and development (R&D), specifically clinical trials, is looking promising, heard delegate…

Aimmune's peanut allergy drug finally gets an approval timeline

By ICR Secretariat / 27/03/2019 04:58 PM

A peanut allergy drug developed by Aimmune Therapeutics has finally been accepted for review by the Food and Drug Administration, after delays caused …

Advertising watchdog rules fake autism 'cure' adverts must stop

By ICR Secretariat / 27/03/2019 04:57 PM

Advertising watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ordered 150 homeopaths operating in the UK to stop claiming they can cure autism. F…

Multi-drug approach found to attack resistance in bowel cancer

By ICR Secretariat / 27/03/2019 04:57 PM

Combining three targeted drugs together could help block drug resistance in bowel cancer patients, as bowel cancer cells evolve resistance in response…

Gene therapy progress spurs competition in biotech buyouts

By ICR Secretariat / 27/03/2019 04:56 PM

Drugmakers looking to buy their way into gene therapy are finding healthy competition for promising biotechs, regulatory filings from recent takeovers…

Making Pharma 2019

By ICR Secretariat / 25/01/2019 12:29 PM

The ICR is proud to be taking part in Making Pharmaceuticals which will host over 2,000 visiting pharma professionals over two days, and 200+ exhibito…

Events and Courses

Impact of the EU Regulation (536/2014) 45 H3

The 2001 Clinical Trials Directive (2001/20/EC) has been criticised by patients, researchers and industry alike for its disproportionate regulatory re...

Powerful Communication: The Written Word H15

Writing is vital in clinical research, from contacting patients and doctors and explaining about the studies, through to communicating the result...

The Function, Importance and Writing of SOPs H16

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 H17

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...

Effective Project Management for Clinical Trials (3 Days ) H18

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

Advanced Monitoring H13

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

Current Jobs

ICR General Administration Internship - Paid

ICR Secretariat / 01/11/2017 04:42 PM
  • Institute of Clinical Research - Maidenhead
    Part-time, Internship

    The ICR is looking for a graduate t…

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