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05

Nov 2015

Ethics approval and market research

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We regularly conduct market research among patients, and for some projects we ask health professionals to pass on details of the project to patients to invite their participation. A concern sometimes voiced by health professionals is whether there is a need for ethics committee approval for such research.

The short answer to this is ‘no’; when conducting market research, ethics committee approval is not normally required. We have found it useful in such cases to forward to health professionals the Department of Health document ‘Governance arrangements for research ethics committees’ which confirms that ethics committee approval is not generally required for market research among patients.

If you would like to read a copy, the guidance document is available here

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01

Oct 2015

Congratulations to Kirstie!

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We are very pleased to annouce that we have recently promoted Kirstie to Account Director, in recognition of her hard work and the responsibility she takes for her projects as well as all the other activities she organises for clients such as the ‘Introduction to Market Research’ Open Days.

Well done Kirstie!

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12

Aug 2015

Welcome to Alice and Katy

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We are pleased to welcome the latest members of the Synergy team – Alice and Katy – who have been with us several weeks now.

Alice has recently graduated from Durham University with a degree in Biological Sciences, and Katy graduated from Edinburgh with a degree in Medical Sciences.

We are having a busy summer here in the office and both new researchers have hit the ground running, getting involved in the management of various projects across a range of different therapy areas.

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