The Government has today announced an Innovative Medicines and MedTech Review, beginning in early 2015. The Minister for Life Sciences, George Freeman MP, has set out a bold vision for cutting drastically the time it takes to develop and give patients access to new medicines and innovation. This news release lays out the basic aims… Read More Less haste and more speed is better for research and better for patients
Invitation to contribute to workshops about the Health Research Authority’s Public Involvement Strategy The Health Research Authority is running two workshops to give people interested in our strategy an opportunity to discuss it and how we put it into action. We would like these to include researchers and research funders as well as patients and… Read More An invitation from the Health Research Authority (HRA): #patientsasregulatorypartners
If you believe the Government – any Government in fact – we are all entangled in webbing made of regulation red tape that makes us look like one of those mummies emerging from a tomb in a 60s Hanna Barbara cartoon. However, I can’t help but agree on this occasion. I don’t know about you,… Read More Ridding ourselves of the 'red tape' worm
Announcements are like buses. There are none for what seem like days and then several come all at once. My job is to make sure you get on the right one… NIHR has several announcements out today which AMRC and its members have had some involvement or interest in. The first is the launch of the new… Read More mICRA, PROSPERO, Beddington and Bell
Over the weekend Professor Colin Blakemore said he hoped the Academy of Medical Sciences would come up with radical proposals to end the regulatory mess that holds up UK health research such as clinical trials. I am not sure whether he will feel today’s report by the Academy lives up to that aspiration, but I do… Read More Rawlins Review: Academy lays down law on health research regulation
Ahead of next week’s Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) much anticipated report on medical research regulation I see The Times and Sunday Times (both paywall) have published pieces this weekend by scientist Professor Colin Blakemore and journalist Brian Deer respectively, offering different perspectives on the issue of regulation. If you are looking for further background on… Read More Regulating research – Blakemore/Deer comment pieces + AMRC background
In a blog ‘exclusive’ – albeit more by technical chance than design – I am today sharing with you the independent report of the AMRC/INVOLVE patient workshop on health research regulation that took part in early November. We were invited to undertake this important piece of work by the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) as… Read More What do patients want from health research regulation?