Is my study research?
September 2020 – this tool has been updated to improve accessibility.
March 2020 - the HRA Queries email address and glossary items have been updated.
October 2017 – this tool has been updated to align with UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research.
The tool design is based on the table within 'Defining Research' guidance, developed by the Central Office for Research Ethics Committees (COREC) and amended by the National Research Ethics Service (NRES).
The Medical Research Council (MRC) Regulatory Support Centre worked in partnership with the Health Research Authority (HRA) to develop this tool as part of a secondment to the HRA to support the improvement of advice provision for the research community.
This tool has been developed with input from the research community. We would like to thank all those who have contributed.