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

FDA approves J&J's esketamine as faster-acting depression treatment

By ICR Secretariat / 15/03/2019 02:34 PM

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved Johnson & Johnson's depression drug esketamine, clearing the first therapy in decades that wo…

EU Committee Urges No-deal Brexit Transition Period for Medical Devices

By ICR Secretariat / 15/03/2019 02:34 PM

The European Commission (EC) should act in the “best interest of citizens” and establish a transition period to allow manufacturers to keep placing me…

Site score card: Expert tips for moving up the ranks

By ICR Secretariat / 15/03/2019 02:33 PM

Since 2015, data suggests pharmaceutical companies are utilizing fewer research sites to conduct their clinical trials, making it challenging for naïv…

UK’s NIBSC Updates on No-Deal Brexit Plans

By ICR Secretariat / 15/03/2019 02:32 PM

With less than a month remaining before the UK exits the EU, the UK’s National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) on Thursday prov…

EU Regulatory Roundup: UK Talks Up Prospect of No-Deal Brexit Accelerating Access to New Medicines

By ICR Secretariat / 15/03/2019 02:31 PM

After receiving clear feedback from industry about the importance of harmonization, the government largely stopped talking about adopting a divergent,…

Preparing your workforce for Brexit

By ICR Secretariat / 08/03/2019 11:28 AM

Changes to the immigration system post-Brexit look likely to come at a time when the life sciences sector is already facing significant challenges. Ph…

European Medicines Agency forced to pay London lease

By ICR Secretariat / 08/03/2019 11:27 AM

The European Medicines Agency (EMA), which moved to Amsterdam in the wake of Brexit, has lost a high court battle to cancel its £500 million long-term…

EU Regulatory Roundup: Germany Warns Brexit Could Cause the Suspension of 1,300 Clinical Trials

By ICR Secretariat / 08/03/2019 11:27 AM

Germany’s Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) has warned that it could suspend 1,300 clinical trials in the event of a no-deal Bre…

Cell mechanism that repairs potentially cancerous DNA damage discovered

By ICR Secretariat / 08/03/2019 11:26 AM

Researchers have discovered a cell mechanism that delays and repairs DNA damage that can potentially lead to cancer.

EU Regulatory Roundup: Germany Warns Brexit Could Cause the Suspension of 1,300 Clinical Trials

By ICR Secretariat / 22/02/2019 02:37 PM

Germany’s Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) has warned that it could suspend 1,300 clinical trials in the event of a no-deal Bre…

New Molecules Reverse Memory Loss Linked to Depression and Aging

By ICR Secretariat / 22/02/2019 02:33 PM

Researchers have developed new therapeutic molecules that appear to assist in reversing memory loss associated with depression and aging.

Althea to launch cannabis based products in the UK

By ICR Secretariat / 22/02/2019 02:32 PM

Althea, the Australian medicinal cannabis company, has launched in the UK, following changes allowing specialist doctors to prescribe cannabis-based p…

Antidepressants Could Stop Deadly Sepsis

By ICR Secretariat / 22/02/2019 02:32 PM

A new study reports fluvoxamine, an antidepressant used to treat OCD appears to be effective in stopping sepsis.

ICR Ethics & GCP Forum Open for Bookings!

By ICR Secretariat / 07/02/2019 12:03 PM

Thursday 11th April

Now Open for Bookings! 


The ICR is running its ever popular Ethics & GCP Forum on 11th April 2019 at The Cruciform Building,…

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

Vendor Oversight in Clinical Trials H12

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 ...

Clinical Investigations for Medical Devices - Foundation H7

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

The ICR Ethics & GCP Forum EGCP

The ICR Ethics and GCP Forum provides an excellent opportunity to:  Keep up to date with current ethical and clinical r...

Introduction To Clinical Trials & Clinical Trials Practice H14

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

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...

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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