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A-Z Jargon Buster


ABHI Association of British Healthcare Industries
ABPI Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry
ACFs Academic Clinical Fellowships
ACTNoW Accelerating Clinical Trials across the Northern Way
ADASS/ADSS Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
ADR Adverse Drug Reaction
AE Adverse Event
AERC Alcohol Education and Research Council
AHP Allied Health Professionals
AHRC Arts and Humanities Research Council
AI Adverse Incident
AIMDD Active Implantable Medical Devices Directive
ALIP Assisted Living Innovation Platform
AMED The Allied and Complementary Medicine Database
AMRC The Association of Medical Research Charities
AMS Academy of Medical Sciences
APHO Association of Public Health Observatories
APMS Alternative Provider Medical Services
AR Adverse Reaction
ARCO Attributing revenue costs of externally funded non-commercial research in the NHS
ARMA Association of Research Managers and Administrators
ARSAC Administration for Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee
AWARD All Wales Alliance for Research and Development in Health and Social Care


BARQA British Association of Research Quality Assurance
BBSRC Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council
BHMA British Herbal Medicines Association
BIR British Institute of Radiology
BIS Department for Business Innovation and Skills
BMA British Medical Association
BMJ British Medical Journal
BNI British Nursing Index
BRC Biomedical Research Centre
BRfBH Best Research for Best Health
BRU Biomedical Research Unit


CAPSS (MHRN) Child and Adolescent (Psychiatric) Surveilliance System
CARN Collaborative Action Research Network
CBC Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre
CCF Central Commissioning Facility
CCRA Clinical Contract Research Association
CCRN Comprehensive Clinical Research Network
CCT Current Controlled Trials
CfH Connecting for Health
C.H.A.I.N Contacts, Help, Advice & Information Network
CI Chief Investigator
CINAHL Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature
CL Clinical Lectureships
CLAHRC Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care
CLG Consumer Liaison Group (NCRN)
CLRN Comprehensive Local Research Networks
CMO Chief Medical Officer (of the Department of Health)
CNO Chief Nursing Officer
CPA Centre for Policy on Ageing
CPHVA Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association
CRC Cymru Clinical Research Collaboration Cymru (Wales)
CRD Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
CRF Clinical Research Facility
CRG Clinical Research Groups
CSG Clinical Studies Groups

CRN Clinical Research Networks
CRNCC NIHR Clinical Research Network Co-ordinating Centre
CRO Contract Research Organisation or Clinical Research Office
CRO mCIA Clinical Research Organisation model Clinical Investigation Agreement
CSO Chief Scientist Officer Scotland
CSP NIHR Coordinated System for Gaining NHS Permissions
CTA Clinical Trial Authorisations
CTAAC Clinical Trials Awards and Advisory Committee
CTD Clinical Trial Directive
C-TRIC Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre
CTU Clinical Trials Unit
CYPRN Children’s and Young People Research Network Wales


DASL Data and Story Library
DCMO Deputy Chief Medical Officer
DCSF Department for Children, Schools and Families
DEFRA Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
DENDRON Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network
DH Department of Health
DIUS Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills
DRN Diabetes Research Network
DRN Wales Diabetes Research Network Wales
DUETS UK Database of Uncertainties about the Effects of Treatments


EBI European Bioinformatics Institute
EC European Commission
ECCO European CanCer Organisation
ECRIN European Clinical Research Infrastructures Network
eCas Electronic Commissioning and Appraisal System
ECMCs Experimental Cancer Medicines Centres
EEA European Economic Area
EEC European Economic Community
ELSA English Longitudinal Survey of Ageing
EME Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Clinical Research Programme
EMEA European Medicines Agency
EORTC European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer
EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
EQUATOR Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research
ERIC Ethics Research Information Catalogue
ESR Electronic Staff Register
ESRC Economic and Social Research Council
ESTRI Electronic Standards for the Transfer of Regulatory Information
EudraCT European Clinical Trials Database
Eudravigilance European Database for Pharmacovigilance


FDA Food and Drug Administration
FEC Full Economic Costings
FIG Faculty Implementation Group NIHR
FSF Flexibility and Sustainability Funding
FSA Food Standards Agency


GCP Good Clinical Practice
GMP Good Manufacturing Practice
GHP Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists
GMC General Medical Council
GMS General Medical Services
GPRF General Practice Research Framework
GTAC Gene Therapy Advisory Committee


HEFCE Higher Education Funding Council England
HEFCW Higher Education Funding Council Wales
HEI Higher Education Institutions
HFEA Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
HGC Human Genetics Commission
HIRU Health Information Research Unit
HLISD Health Library & Information Services Directory
HOWIS Health of Wales Information Service
HPA Health Protection Agency
HRB Health Research Board (Ireland)
HSC Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland
HRC Honorary Research Contract
HRSS Health Research Support Service
HTA Health Technology Assessment
HTA Human Tissue Authority


i4i Invention for Innovation Programme
IAT Integrated Academic Training
ICH-GCP International Conference on Harmonisation Good Clinical Practice
ICTRP International Clinical Trials Registry Platform
IFPMA International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations
IG Information Governance
IFPMA International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations
IMCA Independent Mental Capacity Advocate
IMI Innovative Medicines Initiative
IMPs Investigational Medicinal Products
IP Intellectual Property
IRAS Integrated Research Application System

IRMER Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations
ISRCTN International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number


JISC Joint Information Systems Committee
JRF Joseph Rowntree Foundation



LRN Local Research Networks
LARIA Local Authorities Research & Intelligence Association
LDAN Learning Difficulties and Autism Research Network Wales
LHB Local Health Board
LLAIS Language Awareness Infrastructure Support Service
LoA Letter of Access
LREC Local Research Ethics Committee


MA Manufacturing Authorisation
MCRN Medicines for Children Research Network
MHRA Medicines & Healthcare Products Regularatory Agency
MHRN Mental Health Research Network
MHRNC Mental Health Research Network Cymru
MMV Medicines for Malaria Venture
MOSAIC Mechanisms of Severe Acute Influenza Consortium
MRC Medical Research Council
MRP Methodology Research Programme


NCB National Childrens Bureau
NCI National Cancer Institute (America)
NCRI National Cancer Research Institute
NCRN National Cancer Research Network
NCVO National Council for Voluntary Organisations
NERC Natural Environment Research Council
NEURODEM Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network Wales
NETSCC NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Co-ordinating Centre
NHAIS National Health Applications & Infrastructure Service
NHS CfH NHS Connecting for Health
NIC National Innovation Centre
NICE National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
NICRN Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network
NIGB National Information Governance Board
NIH National Institute of Health (USA)
NIHR National Institute for Health Research
NIHR HSR NIHR Health Service Research Programme
NIHR PHR NIHR Public Health Research Programme
NIHR RDS NIHR Research Design Services
NIHR SDO NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation Programme
NIHR TCC NIHR Trainees Co-ordinating Centre
NIII National Institute for Innovation and Improvement
NOCRI NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure
NPCRDC National Primary Care Research and Development Centre
NPSA National Patient Safety Agency
NRES National Research Ethics Service
NRR National Research Register
NRRSC National Research Register for Social Care
NRSCC NHS Research Scotland Co-ordinating Centre
NSF National Service Frameworks
NSPCR National School for Primary Care Research
N-WORTH North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health


OPAN Older People & Ageing Network Wales
OSCHR Office for Strategic Co-ordination of Health Research


PCRN Primary Care Research Network
PCT Primary Care Trust
PGfAR Programme Grants for Applied Research
PHA Public Health Agency
PHIRN Public Health Improvement Research Network
PI Principal Investigator
PIAG Patient Information Advisory Group
POST Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
PPI Patient Public Involvement
PRP Policy Research Programme



RAE Research Assessment Exercise (replaced by the REF)
RCGP Royal College of General Practitioners
RCM Royal College of Midwives
RCN Royal College of Nursing
RCP Research Capability Programme
RCT Randomised Controlled Trials
REC Regional Ethics Committees
REF Research Excellence Framework (Replaced RAE)
RfPB Research for Patient Benefit Programme
RGF Research Governance Framework (England)
RISC Research for Innovation, Speculation and Creativity
RMG/RM&G Research Management & Governance
RSS Really Simple Syndication


SAE Serious Adverse Event (In a Trial)
SAHSC Scottish Academic Health Sciences Collaboration
SCIE Social Care Institute of Excellence
SCOTMCN Scottish Medicines for Children Research Network
SCOTDRON Scottish Dementia Research Network
SCREC National Social Care Research Ethics Committee
SCRN Scottish Cancer Research Network
SDRN Scottish Diabetes Research Network
SEWTU South East Wales Trials Unit
SHA Strategic Health Authorities
SHEFC Scotland Higher Education Funding Council
SIGN Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network
SINAPSE Scottish Imaging Network
SIRN Scottish Infection Research Network
SMHRN Scottish Mental Health Research Network
SMP Standard Manufacturing Procedures
SOP Standard Operating Procedures
SPARC Streamlined NHS Permissions Approach to Research – Cymru
SPCRN Scottish Primary Care Research Network
SPSRN Scottish Patient Safety Research Network
SRN Stroke Research Network
SSA Site Specific Assessment
SSAR Serious Suspected Adverse Reaction
SSCR School for Social Care Research
SSRG Social Services Research Group
SSRN Scottish Stroke Research Network
SSI Site Specific Information
SUSAR Suspected Unexpected Serious Adverse Reaction


TCRN Topic Specific Clinical Research Networks
TMF Trial Master File
TOPRA The Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs
TRUST Thematic Research Network for Emergency and Unscheduled Treatment Wales
TSC Trial Steering Committee


UKCC UK Cochrane Centre
UKCDS UK Collaborative on Development Sciences
UKCRC UK Clinical Research Collaboration
UKECA UK Ethics Committee Authority
UKPMC UK Pubmed Central
UKRIO UK Research Integrity Office
UKSCB UK Stem Cell Bank



WAG Welsh Assembly Government
WCTN Wales Cancer Trials Network
WEDHS Wales Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care Research and Support Service
WERN Wales Epilepsy Research Network
WHESS Welsh Health Economics Support Service
WHO World Health Organisation
WISERD Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods
WIsH Wales Innovations in Healthcare
WMA World Medical Association
WORD Wales Office for Research and Development for Health and Social Care

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