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 . 


Agenda - Thursday 18th March 2021

This Forum will take place online via Zoom


09:30    Online Registration/Dial-in

10:00    Welcome      


Ethics Forum

10:10    MHRA Update incl. Brexit

Kirsty Wydenbach, Deputy Unit Manager / Senior Medical Assessor, MHRA Clinical Trials Unit

11:20    Pause

11:30    Research Ethics Committee Insights

Dr Leslie Gelling, Chair, Cambridge South Research Ethics Committee & Principal Academic on Adult Nursing at Bournemouth University

12:15    Lunch Break


GCP Forum – Non-COVID studies – continuity

13:00      The Pandemic and Non-COVID Studies – Restart Experiences

Royal Free Hospital R & D

13:50    Pause

14.00    The Pandemic and Non-COVID Studies – Industry perspective

14:50     Pause

15.00    Update on HRA Approval and HRA Activity

Janet Messer, Director of Approvals Service, HRA

15:50    Pause

16:00    Key GCP Updates

A summary of changes in GCP-related regulations and guidelines since the last Ethics/GCP Forum meeting

GCP Steering Committee


16:50    Close



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 17th August 2020

Welcome Presentation

MHRA Update - Kirsty Wydenbach

Compliance in Home Research Nursing - Natalia Janik

NIHR Interactive Costing Tool - Phil Good

Update on HRA Approval and HRA Activity - Janet Messer

Key GCP Updates - Janice Hedgecock

Regulatory Updates Document

Webinar Recording - Coming Soon 


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.