Ethics and GCP Forum

The ICR Ethics & GCP forum is the ICR's flagship event attracting a combined audience of over 500 delegates. The secret of its success is the dedication of the Team that plan the content of each forum. The Forum is held twice a year, once in Spring and the second in Autumn. This major Clinical Research Forum is one that should not be missed with regular speakers from The HRA, NIHR, and the MHRA . All the speakers give their time for free . 



ICR Ethics & GCP Forum


The ICR Ethics & GCP Forum will run virtually via Zoom. Date 17th AUG 2020.

Provisional Agenda*

09:30    Online Registration/Dial In

10:00    Welcome

Ethics Forum

10:10    MHRA Update
Kirsty Wydenbach, Deputy Unit Manager / Senior Medical Assessor, MHRA Clinical Trials Unit
11:00    Pause


11:10 Compliance in Home Research Nursing

Natalia Janik, Quality Assurance Manager
Illingworth Research Group Limited


12:00   Lunch Break
GCP Forum – Patient Participation

13.00    NIHR Interactive Costing Tool
Phil Good, National Study Startup Manager
NIHR Coordinating Centre
13:50    Pause


14:00 Update on HRA Approval and HRA Activity

Janet Messer, Director of Approvals Service, HRA


14:50    Pause

15:00    Key GCP Updates 
A summary of changes in GCP-related regulations and guidelines since the last Ethics/GCP Forum meeting

GCP Steering Committee

15:50    Close



Visit the ICR Website to book

- ICR Members: £45 
- Non Members: £60



About the Ethics and GCP Forums

For over 20 years the Institute of Clinical Research has been proud to support the Ethics & GCP Forums as they strive to bring up to date, hot of the press news from the HRA, MHRA and speakers. The Ethics and GCP Forums are led and organised totally by volunteers who give their time freely, with The Institute playing a supportive administrative role.  

We often receive feedback that talks about various aspects of the varied Venues that we use. The Secretariat does it’s upmost to ensure the environment in which the Ethics & GCP Forum is held are as comfortable as is possible. Please be aware that we, that the ICR Secretariat have little or no control over the following

  • Microphones and AV
  • Environmental conditions (Both internally and externally)
  • Food and catering.

 Pre course questionnaires

These are vital to the smooth running of day. We endeavour to pass your questions to the relevant speakers and any dietary requirements to the Venues Catering Team.

 What happens to my feedback forms?

 These are immediately scanned by the Secretariat upon our return to the office and emailed to the Forums committees. An executive summary is prepared and again sent onto the members of the committees


Based on the feedback the committees plan the next Ethics & GCP Forum.

  • Dates are set
  • Speakers are approached
  • An agenda is set




Presentations from the Ethics & GCP Forum held on 27th November 2019

Welcome Presentation 

MHRA Update - Dr Alina Casian

Update on HRA Approval & HRA Activity - Janet Messer

Medical Device Regulation - Victoria Cavendish 

Data Integrity - A Project Manager's Perspective - Lucille Mansfield 

EMA Trial Master File Guideline - Paul Strickland

Key GCP Updates


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

Welcome Presentation 

MHRA Update - Kirsty Wydenbach

Update on HRA Approval & HRA Activity - Janet Messer

Ethics Committee Insights - Heidi Chandler 

Patient and Public Involvement in Clinical Research - Dr Amanda Stranks

Patient-Centricity - Sarah Durston

Key GCP Updates 



Each Ethics & GCP Forum closes with an up to the minute summary of the changes that have or will be taking place  prepared and presented by the Team. A light buffet lunch is available to delegates

Over the years the Forum has covered such topics as Trial Master Files , Putting Humans at the centre of compliance and quality, Clinical Trial Controversies , Changes in R&D Approval, , Ethical issues on determining the true consequences of research and seeking fair consent , The New costing template for NHS research  

The Ethics & GCP Forum continues to strive to deliver up to date information on what is happening.

  • Keep up to date with current ethical and clinical research issues
  • Learn about new industry and regulatory initiatives
  • Hear key industry figures speak about their specialist fields
  • Network with fellow clinical research professionals.