National Organisations

Association of Reasearch Ethics CommitteesAREC is an independent, self-governing body of Research Ethics Committees, local and multi-centre.
Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) is the trade association for more than 75 companies in the UK producing prescription medicines. Its member companies research, develop, manufacture and supply more than 80 per cent of the medicines prescribed through the National Health Service (NHS). The ABPI also represents companies engaged in the research and/or development of medicines for human use. In addition, its general affiliate membership is for all other organisations with an interest in the pharmaceutical industry.
Belgian College of Pharmaceutical Medicine (BCPM)The Belgian College of Pharmaceutical Medicine was created at the initiative of the two Belgian Royal Academies of Medicine and the Belgian Association of Pharmaceutical Physicians. The College was founded to promote pharmaceutical medicine, to develop, maintain and improve competence, ethical integrity and professional standards in the practice of pharmaceutical medicine and to advance knowledge in pharmaceutical medicine.
British Association of Research Quality Assurance (BARQA), UKAs an Association dedicated to informing and advancing its members, BARQA provides status and visibility for individuals concerned with the quality of research in pharmaceutical, agrochemical and chemical industry sectors. Since its inception in 1977 the Association has grown and developed to reflect regulatory changes, the impact of regulatory inspection and the changing structure and needs of industry.
British Geriatrics Society The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) is a professional association of doctors practising geriatric medicine, old age psychiatrists, general practitioners, nurses, therapists, scientists and others with a particular interest in the medical care of older people and in promoting better health in old age. It has over 2,500 members worldwide and is the only society in the UK offering specialist medical expertise in the wide range of health care needs of older people.
Dutch Medicines for Children Research Network (MCRN), DEThe MCRN will be a managed research network mapping onto existing service networks for paediatric care in the Netherlands. A first task is to work with EMEA and with the worldwide pharmaceutical industries to investigate emerging treatments for children. The network will also play a pivotal role in conducting investigator initiated research in this field.
Food & Drug Administration, USA (FDA)Part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services responsible for regulating pharmaceuticals, devices and foods in the United States.
Gene Therapy Advisory Committee (GTAC) GTAC is the UK national research ethics committee (REC) for gene therapy clinical research according to the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004. It is the only UK ethics committee empowered to approve clinical trials of gene therapy products. Under the Clinical Trials Regulations, GTAC is required to provide an ethical opinion on applications for use of products.
German Association of Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (VFA) The Association of Research-based Pharmaceutical Companies (VFA) is the trade organization of research-based pharmaceutical companies in Germany. Their research are focused on preclinical (prior to administering a drug to people) and clinical development (testing the drug on human test subjects).
German Reference Centre for Ethics in the Life Sciences (DRZE) The DRZE comprehensively provides scientific information which is required for a qualified formation of opinion and judgment in the area of ethics in the life sciences and medicine. The main focus lies in the scientific preparation of the information.
Health Research Authority (HRA)The Health Research Authority (HRA) is a newly formed NHS organisation established on 01 December 2011 as a Special Health Authority. The purpose of the HRA is to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health research.
Institute for Quality And Efficiency in Health Care (IQWIG) The German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care is an independent scientific institute that evaluates the quality and efficiency of health care. The Institute's tasks include the evaluation of pharmaceuticals, surgical procedures, diagnostic tests, clinical practice guidelines and aspects of disease management programmes, following the principles of evidence-based medicine. It also publishes health information for patients and the general public. The Institute's primary goal is to contribute to improvements in health care in Germany.
Linking Leaders: The Clinical Roundtable NetworkLinking Leaders executive roundtables provide pharmaceutical and biotech executives a forum to share insights and experiences, benchmark progress, and collaborate on solutions with like-minded peers facing similar industry challenges in a closed-door, invitation only setting. This forum presents a unique platform that brings together an exclusive community of senior-level executives to brainstorm new ways to influence innovation in executing clinical trials. Participants benefit from exclusive access to the latest thinking and full-day, intensive networking and idea exchange with industry peers.
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is the UK government agency which is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work, and are acceptably safe. The MHRA is an executive agency of the Department of Health.
Medicines for Children Research Network (MCRN), UKThe MCRN has the central objective of developing and providing drugs that are both safe and effective in the treatment of children. The Network aims to provide leadership and a world-class environment to conduct clinical trials of medicinal products for children throughout the whole range of healthcare, and includes the active involvement of children. The MCRN aims to provide considerable benefit for children through the new knowledge gained by excellent research and the improvements in care.
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)NICE is a UK independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health. NICE guidance is developed using the expertise of the NHS and the wider healthcare community including NHS staff, healthcare professionals, patients, industry and the academic world.
National Patient Safety AgencyCreated in the UK, the NPSA aims to put patient safety at the top of the NHS agenda through encouraging greater transparency and accountability for the provision of safer healthcare in all settings. Their National Research Ethics Service works with colleagues in the UK to maintain a UK-wide system of ethical review that protects the safety, dignity and well being of research participants, whilst facilitating and promoting ethical research within the NHS.
Office for Human Research Protections, USAAn office in the United States Department of Health and Human Services responsible for overseeing protections for human participants in research.
PAED-Net: A German Paediatric Network PAED-Net is a network of experts which was established to provide a professional infrastructure for multicenter studies in paediatric subjects. Qualified centers (paediatric hospitals, outpatient clinics etc.) were assembled for the network with the aim of conducting clinical trials. The PAED-Net is working according to international standards (ICH-GCP), supporting pharmaceutical companies and thereby improving drug approval for paediatric medicines by supporting relevant studies.
PhRMAThe Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the leading research-based pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the United States. PhRMA's mission is winning advocacy for public policies that encourage the discovery of life-saving and life enhancing new medicines for patients by pharmaceutical/biotechnology research companies.

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