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Confirming local capacity and capability



The Health Research Authority (HRA) and Health and Care Research Wales (HCRW) Approval is the process for the NHS in England and Wales that brings together the assessment of governance and legal compliance with the independent Research Ethics Committee opinion.  It replaces the need for local checks of legal compliance and related matters by each participating organisation.

The focus of each participating organisation is to assess, arrange and confirm the practical aspects to ensure they have the capacity and capability to participate in the study and to work alongside the sponsor and local research delivery team to support rapid study set-up.

Where does CRN support fit in relation to HRA Approval?

If your study is eligible for our support, we can support you with site identification and optimising study design for delivery in the NHS, as well as providing support with setting up and subsequently delivering your study within the NHS through our Study Support Service.

To access our range of support, please ensure that you apply to the CRN as early as possible, ideally before submitting any other regulatory approvals, including your application for HRA and HCRW Approval. Application for our support is made using our Portfolio Application Form in IRAS, or through our Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS) for commercial contract studies.

HRA Approval – further information

For further information on HRA Approval please visit the following page.


We value your feedback. If you have any comments on the CRN principles for assessing, arranging and confirming local capacity and capability or would like to share any feedback on your experience of this process please complete our feedback form.