This jargon buster or glossary of words contains the definitions of some of the terms commonly used in public involvement in research. It is not a complete list of all the words you might come across. The original definitions were developed for INVOLVE by TwoCan Associates working in consultation with a panel of researchers and a panel of people who use services, and we add to them continually.
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Governance Arrangements for Research Ethics Committees
The Gene Therapy Advisory Committee is the national ethics committee for clinical trials involving medicinal products for gene therapy under Regulation 14(5).
The extent to which the findings of a clinical trial can be reliably extrapolated from the subjects who participated in the trial to a broader patient population and a broader range of clinical settings.
The method, procedure, or measurement that is widely accepted as being the best available, against which new developments should be compared.
Good Clinical Practice is a set of internationally recognised ethical and scientific quality requirements which must be observed for designing, conducting, recording and reporting clinical trials that involve the participation of human subjects.
Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is that part of quality assurance which ensures that medicinal products are consistently produced and controlled to the quality standards appropriate to their intended use and as required by the marketing authorisation (MA) or product specification.
A Google+ page is similar to a Facebook page, in that it enables people to set up profiles, or ‘pages’, to post and share information.
A policy document has been written by the UK Health Departments describing what is expected from the research ethics committees that review research proposals relating to areas of the UK Health Department’s responsibility. It also explains when review by these committees is required. It can be downloaded from the Department of Health’s Publications Policy and Guidance web page.
Grey literature is material that is less formal than an article in a peer review journal or a chapter in a book – so it’s not easily tracked down. It includes internal reports, committee minutes, conference papers, factsheets, newsletters and campaigning material. However, ‘grey literature’ may be made available on request and is increasingly available on the Internet.
Gene Therapy Advisory Committee: the ethics committee for clinical studies using genetically modified products; usually no REC approval required