Depending on the nature of the proposed study, a number of external bodies need to give their approval for the trial to continue. Some organisations receive applications through IRAS, but others need to be contacted separately:

  • REC (IRAS)
  • Adoption on the Portfolio (IRAS)
  • ARSAC (Imaging)
  • IRMER (Imaging)
  • Technical agreements (with pharmaceutical companies)

Please bear in mind that these external approvals can take up to 60 days so should be actioned as soon as possible. 


TypeWhere to find
Key contacts JRCO
Useful links IRAS homepage
NIHR Clinical Trials Toolkit - IRAS
NIHR benchmark Within NIHR 70-day benchmark (Day 0-30)
Process map links This activity occurs in the work-up stage:
Imperial College London as sponsor
Imperial College Hospital NHS Trust as sponsor
Commercial organisation as sponsor
Non-commercial organisation as sponsor