In an ever evolving environment it’s important to keep up to date, to access practical help and to feed into relevant consultations. The Regulatory Support Centre is here to help you interpret requirements, empower you to find your way, and to influence decision makers. In 2013-14, the regulatory environment for research involving human participants their tissues or data continued to change. The impact of these changes will affect the research community not only in the year ahead but for many years to come.

These changes include:

  • The Health Research Authority Assessment and Approval which will bring together NHS R&D and NHS Research Ethics Committee approvals.
  • Amendments to the new Data Protection Regulation which could severely restrict the use of personal data for research. The MRC are working in partnership to ensure a pragmatic solution.
  • The McCracken review which suggested legislative change for human tissue.
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