Joint Research Office


COVID-19 - important updates for researchers

23 March 2020

This page is being updated regularly to reflect the changing situation. Please check back regularly for the latest information.

Page last updated: 3 April 2020.

This page is being updated regularly. Please check back for the latest information.

COVID-19 procedures are in place for researchers at UCLH.

Read the full statement from UCLH R&D (updated 3 April 2020) plus the guidance from the HRA and MHRA.

All research studies taking place at UCLH

Please also see our FAQs for researchers (updated 23 March 2020). 
​​​​​​​All research activity at UCLH is currently suspended unless the study falls into the priority/permitted categories outlined in the UCLH Research Directorate Covid-19 recommendations. See more.

UCL and UCLH sponsored studies

If your study is sponsored by UCL or UCLH please also review this guidance.

Studies active at UCLH:

Where sponsors and Principal Investigators have determined a study falls into the priority research categories identified within the UCLH statement, they should email uclh.randd@nhs.net marking their email with “COVID-19 Continuation of Recruitment” providing details of the study: its title, identifier, sponsor and the rationale for continuing recruitment.

Please refer to the attached document for further guidance from clinical support services regarding managing your study during this period.

Studies not yet active at UCLH:

The Joint Research Office, Clinical Research Facility and Cancer Clinical Trials Unit will continue to review your study but will not issue Decisions to Deliver. Please discuss with sponsors as soon as possible.

Remote monitoring

Where sponsors and Principal Investigators determine a need to request remote access for monitors (in line with the guidance from the HRA, MHRA and UCLH), they should firstly consult the COVID-19 UCLH Remote Monitoring Arrangements guidance document. Any questions regarding monitoring should be directed to research-incidents@ucl.ac.uk (EpicCare Link specific queries can be directed to uclh.ehrs.researchstudies@nhs.net). This process will be effective from Monday 23rd March 2020.

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