Regulation

Regulation creates an environment where research and innovation can flourish. 

To be effective, regulation needs to:

•    maintain people’s trust in research 
•    be proportionate to the risks 
•    be based on scientific evidence.

Our work

Emerging science and technologies

Emerging science and technologies, such as human genome editing and gene drive, could provide new solutions to health problems.

Data Protection Regulation

The European General Data Protection Regulation was agreed in April 2016 and took effect from 25 May 2018.

Research involving animals

Almost every major breakthrough in human and veterinary medicine has depended on the use of animals to research, develop or test new therapies.

Mitochondrial donation

Mitochondrial donation is an IVF technique that gives families affected by mitochondrial disease the chance of having healthy children.

EU medical devices regulations

The European Union is revising regulations governing the manufacture and sale of medical devices.

Reports

A blueprint for dynamic oversight: how the UK can take a global lead in emerging science and technologies [PDF 720KB]

Report | March 2019

Effective regulatory oversight is needed to make sure emerging science and technologies reach their full potential quickly and safely, and with the public's trust. Our report sets out how the UK can become a world leader in this area.

A blueprint for the oversight of emerging science and technologies

  • March 2019

[Summary] Effective regulatory oversight is needed to make sure emerging science and technologies reach their full potential quickly and safely, and with the public's trust. Our report sets out how the UK can become a world leader in this area.

Regulation of clinical trials: Brexit and beyond

  • February 2019

[Summary] Four realistic and achievable options for regulatory cooperation in UK-EU clinical trials, including costs and opportunities. 

More reports

Briefings and responses