Research applicants include:
pharmaceutical and medical device companies;
healthcare professionals in the NHS;
academic researchers, including students; and
prison health researchers.
They look at a wide range of issues in addition to clinical trials of medicinal products (CTIMPs), for example in areas of qualitative and quantitative research, other clinical interventions, establishing research tissue banks, and research into the NHS itself.
The types of research requiring ethical approval are set out in Approval requirements. More information about how to apply for ethical review is in the Applications section. We have also created a searchable register of research summaries to promote open, rational and relevant research and participant safety.