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.


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

  • 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.

Regulation and governance of health research: five years on [PDF 652KB]

  • June 2017

Report of a joint Academy of Medical Sciences, Cancer Research UK and Wellcome workshop on the regulation and governance of health research in the UK.

Primates in medical research [PDF 1019KB]

  • November 2011

An introduction to the issues raised by the use of primates in medical research, produced by the Medical Research Council and Wellcome.

Briefings and responses