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AE Adverse Event
AR Adverse Reaction
CERB Life Sciences & Medicine Ethics Review Board
CHaRT Centre for Healthcare Randomised Trials
CI Chief Investigator
CPMS Central Portfolio Management System
CRF Case Report Form
CRN Clinical Research Network
  Clinical Trial
CSO Chief Scientist Office
CSOG Clinical Studies Oversight Group
CTA* Clinical Trial Authorisation
CTA* Clinical Trial Agreement
CTIMP Clinical Trial of an Investigational Medicinal Product
CTU Clinical Trials Unit
COS Core Outcome Set
DAHS Division of Applied Health Sciences
DC Data Coordinator
DMC Data Monitoring Committee
DMP Data Management Plan
  Data Protection
  Declaration of Helsinki
DSUR Development Safety Update Report
EMA European Medicines Agency
EudraCT European Clinical Trial Database
EudraVIGILANCE European Database for Pharmacovigilance
EUCTD EU clinical trials directives
FOI Freedom of Information
GCP Good Clinical Practice
GDPR General Data Protection Regulation
GET-IT Glossary of Evaluation Terms for Informed Treatment choices
GRP Good Research Practice
HCA Health Care Assessment
HEAP Health Economic Analysis Plan
HES Hospital Episode Statistics
HIS Healthcare Improvement Scotland
HRA Health Research Authority
HSC R&D Health and Social Care Gateway R&D Division (Northern Ireland)
HSCIC Health and Social Care Information Centre
HSRU Health Services Research Unit
IAHS Institute of Applied Health Sciences
IB Investigator's Brochure
ICH International Council on Harmonisation
ICMJE International Committee of Medical Journal Editors
IMPD Investigational Medicinal Product Dossier
ImpEC Improving Experiences of Care
ISD Information Services Division
ISRCTN International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number
IRAS Integrated Research Application System
ISF Investigator Site File
IVRS Interactive Voice Response System
LRM Lunchtime Research Meeting
MCN Managed Clinical Network
MHRA Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
  Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004
MRC Medical Research Council
MNCA Model Non-Commercial Agreement
NES NHS Education for Scotland
NETSCC NIHR Evaluation, Trial and Studies Co-ordinating Centre
  NHS Digital
NICE National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
NIHR CRNCC National Institute for Health Research: Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre
NIHR EME National Institute for Health Research: Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation
NIHR HS&DR National Institute for Health Research: Health Services and Delivery Research
NIHR HTA National Institute for Health Research: Health Technology Assessment programme
NIHR PGfAR National Institute for Health Research: Programme Grants for Applied Research
NIHR RfPB National Institute for Health Research: Research for Patient Benefit
NISCHR National Institute for Social Care and Health Research
(Welsh Co-ordinating function)
NOCRI NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure
NOSRES North of Scotland Research Ethics Service
NRS NHS Research Scotland
NRS Permissions CC NHS Research Scotland Permissions Coordinating Centre (NRS Permissions CC) in Scotland
OID Organisation Information Document
PI Principal Investigator
PIC Participant Identification Centre
PIL Patient or Participant Information Leaflet
PMG Project Management Group
PPI Patient and Public Involvement
PPIE Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement
PWI Project Website Initiation
QA Quality Assurance
QALY Quality Adjusted Life Years
QC Quality Control
QP Qualified Person
RCT Randomised Controlled Trial
R&D Research & Development
R&I Research and Innovation
REC Research Ethics Committee
RES Research Ethics Service
  Research governance
RGF Research governance framework
  Research passport
RN Research Nurse
SADE Serious Adverse Device Effect
SAE Serious Adverse Event
SAP Statistical Analysis Plan
SAR Serious Adverse Reaction
SB Serious breach
SDV Source document/data verification
SIGN Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network
SIV Site Initiation Visit
SMC Scottish Medicines Consortium
SMMSN School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
SmPC Summary of Product Characteristics
SoA Statement of Activities
SoE Schedule of Events
SoECAT Schedule of Events Cost Attribution Tool
SOP Standard Operating Procedure
SPIRIT Standard Protocol Items: Recommendations for Interventional Trials
SSA Site Specific Assessment
SSI Site Specific Information
STA Single Technology Appraisal
SUSAR Suspected Unexpected Serious Adverse Reaction
SWAR Studies Within A Review
SWAT Studies Within A Trial
TAR Technology Assessment Review
THIS Institute The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute
TM Trial Manager
TMF Trial Master File
TSC Trial Steering Committee
TSD Trial Service Definition
UAT User Acceptance Testing
UKTMN UK Trial Managers' Network
USM* Unit Staff Meeting
USM* Urgent Safety Measure
WPD Working Practice Document
* This abbreviation has more than one meaning