Joint Research Office


Nine studies approved through Harmonisation pilot

5 April 2013

Nine studies have now been approved through the pilot Harmonisation process.

The first study was approved in a total of 27 days within the agreed timeline, 70 calendar days, and all other reviews were also promptly completed.

The Harmonisation Project works by streamlining the NHS permission process across UCL Partners for all commercial studies. Contrary to the previous process, there is just one NHS permission for all sites within UCLP. This includes one costing, one contract, one Pharmacy and one medical exposure review. Commercial organisations are now available to open more sites at the same time, thereby opening their research to a wider population.

UCLH is one of four permission centres to serve the area, and is currently processing around 45 studies to take place across the patch. Initial feedback from the Harmonisation project group indicate the project is a success and having an impact.