What is the HRA?

Our core purpose is to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health and social care research. In order to achieve this we:

  • Make sure research is ethically reviewed and approved
  • Promote transparency in research
  • Oversee a range of committees and services
  • Provide independent recommendations on the processing of identifiable patient information where it is not always practical to obtain consent, for research and non-research projects (HRA, 2017)