Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is the international ethical, scientific and practical standard to which all clinical research is GCP training conducted. Compliance with GCP provides public assurance that the rights, safety and wellbeing of research participants are protected and that research data are reliable.

Why do you need GCP training?

Everyone involved in the conduct of clinical research must be competent to perform their tasks, qualified by education, training and experience.

This is a requirement of the Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care 2005, the policy covering all research in the NHS in England, and in law (SI 2004/1031, Schedule 1, Part 2, 8) for those people working on clinical trials.

How often do you need to complete GCP training?

This is decided by your Trust/employer, as the answer depends on the research you are involved in, and your previous experience.

For clinical trials, the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) (2004) regulations require that all staff are trained to carry out their duties on each study they are working on. This is not time bound. If you have just had participated in training and a regulatory change is made, you will need to be informed of these changes and understand their implications for your practice.

What GCP training is available?

We offer a range of high quality GCP training courses. All our courses have a practical focus, with the key aim that participants know what to do to practise excellent GCP when they return to their workplace to ensure the rights, safety and well-being of patients and the quality of the research data. All NIHR CRN GCP courses are appropriate for people conducting clinical trials, non-clinical trials and other kinds of research.

Our courses are designed for individuals involved in the conduct of studies at research sites. Individuals involved in the design and management of studies are able to access our courses but should be aware that they will not address their specific needs.

The Network has delivered GCP training since 2009, and we launched our e-learning programmes in 2012. Since then, over 109,000 people have completed our GCP training.

In the last financial year, April 2015 to March 2016, 24,917 individuals accessed the GCP course through e-learning. 97.6% of these learners said the e-learning was good or very good. During this period 7,035 people also accessed the course through face to face workshops provided by the Local Clinical Research Networks (LCRNs).

Our eligibility criteria

NIHR CRN GCP courses are available free of charge to anyone working in or supporting clinical research in the UK.

We are not able to provide access to non-UK researchers as the courses explore the application of GCP in the context of UK regulations, policies and frameworks. We are not able to provide details of alternative providers.

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