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Applying for HRA Approval

HRA Approval is the new process for the NHS in England that brings together the assessment of governance and legal compliance, undertaken by dedicated HRA staff, with the independent REC opinion provided through the UK Health Departments’ Research Ethics Service. It replaces the need for local checks of legal compliance and related matters by each participating organisation in England. This allows participating organisations to focus their resources on assessing, arranging and confirming their capacity and capability to deliver the study.

If your study is led from England and involves the NHS in England, you should now use HRA Approval. Before you apply for REC review, please go to the applicant guidance section [] for information about how to apply.