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Title: Announcement Plan for Growth
Date: 23/03/2011

In the Budget, the Chancellor announced the publication of the Government's Plan for Growth.

The Healthcare and Life Sciences section of the Plan for Growth highlights that health research has a key role in the national economy as well as in improving health and care. In the Plan, the Government makes a series of announcements that will be of great significance for the health R&D community and for the NIHR in the coming years.

Simpler regulation of health research at the national level

  • The Government will combine and streamline approvals under a health research regulatory agency.
  • The agency will be established in the first instance as a Special Health Authority, with the National Research Ethics Service as its core, during 2011.

Consistent national system of research governance

  • The agency will work closely with the MHRA to create a unified approval process for clinical trials.
  • The agency and the MHRA will promote proportionate standards for compliance and inspection.
  • The MHRA will pilot and promote a proportionate interpretation of EU law on clinical trials.

To download a copy of the full report see Plan for Growth

For a summary of policy developments see

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