The creation of the Health Research Regulatory Agency

The Academy's report 'A new pathway for the regulation and governace of helath research' recommended that a new regulator be established to remove complexity and oversee a new regulatory and governance pathway for health research. The creation of the new body has received strong support from across the research community and by all political parties:

"The Academy of Medical Sciences made a proposal to create a health research agency that was not just supported by the medical and research professions, but by all the political aspects of all the parties in both Houses of Parliament. It is rare for that to occur..."

Lord Willis of Knaresborough

"I am immensely supportive of the splendid report produced by a committee chaired by Sir Michael Rawlins for the Academy of Medical Sciences on the future regulation of research."

Lord Walton of Detchant

In line with our proposals, there has been a firm commitment from Government that the HRRA will be established as a Special Health Authority in 2011, with additional regulatory functions then transferred through primary legislation. Discussions around the most appropriate legislative vehicle to fully establish the new body are ongoing and staff and the working group chair, Sir Michael Rawlins FMedSci, recently spoke at the AGM of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Medical Research to inform discussion on this issue.

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