The list of useful resources below is not exhaustive and inclusion should not imply full endorsement. Where there are differences, the UKRI policy and guidance will take precedence.
Health research authority approval guidelines
This describes the HRA process for assessment of governance and legal compliance that is required for all studies undertaken within the NHS and requiring NHS ethics review.
UK framework for health and social care research
The key framework on ethical review of health and social care research, particularly when this involves NHS patients.
ARMA guidance on ethics review (PDF, 795KB)
Guidance from the Association of Research Managers and Administrators on ethics review provided by research organisations, such as universities, for research not involving the NHS.
Medicines for human use (clinical trials) regulations
The key legislation in the UK for undertaking clinical trials of new medicines.
Access the UK legislation for clinical trials of medicines (PDF, 80KB)
A summary of the original legislation for clinical trials of new medicines in the UK and Europe.
Clinical trials for UK medicines, UK legislation
The MRC guidance on the UK legislation for clinical trials of new medicines.
Clinical trials toolkit
The toolkit provides guidance on interpreting the clinical trials regulations for academic clinical trials of medicines, as well as additional links to relevant resources.
MRC: medical research involving adults who cannot consent (PDF, 480KB)
This document in the MRC Ethics Series describes the legal and ethical frameworks relevant to research involving adults who do not have the capacity to provide informed consent.
Framework on the feedback of health-related findings in research (PDF, 260KB)
This framework developed by the MRC and Wellcome provides guidance for researchers on making decisions about when to provide feedback on health-related findings, including unexpected or incidental findings, to research participants.
A community-based participatory research: a guide to ethical principles and practice (PDF, 2.4MB)
Guidance developed by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement.
Common cause: fair and mutual partnerships: 10 principles for community-university partnerships (PDF, 80KB)
10 principles for conducting fair and mutual research partnerships between Universities and Black and Minority Ethnic communities from AHRC-funded Common Cause project
ESRC framework for research ethics
An ethics framework developed by the ESRC for research organisations, including universities. The requirements are mandatory for ESRC-funded research.
MRC ethics series: using information about people in health research
This document provides guidance about the legal and governance frameworks relevant to using personal information in research, including identifiable information.