New Health Research Authority (HRA) and INVOLVE briefing and guidance on public involvement and ethical review The HRA and INVOLVE today issued an evidence briefing and guidance on involving the public in health and social care research and the relevance of public involvement to the role of Research Ethics Committees. Based on available evidence, the HRA and INVOLVE believe that research that has involved the public is more likely to be relevant and of good quality, and therefore more likely to receive an outright favourable opinion from Research Ethics Committees, and lead to better recruitment and retention of participants. The aim of these two documents is to raise awareness of public involvement when researchers are in the early stages of designing a study, and to make them aware of how the Research Ethics Committee will draw on the information provided by applicants about public involvement when seeking assurances on aspects of the design and ethical probity of the proposed research. Impact of public involvement on the ethical aspects of research suggests how public involvement can help to make research more ethical and produce better outcomes Public involvement in research and research ethics committee review offers guidance on public involvement within ethical review. The HRA is committed to improving the level and quality of public involvement in applications for ethical review, and the publication of this joint briefing and guidance forms part of a wider programme of work that the HRA will be undertaking in relation to public involvement in ethical review.