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.

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.