What Is Annual Reporting?

What is Annual Progress Reporting? 

Research Ethics Committees (RECs) are required to monitor research that has received a favorable opinion. Therefore, researchers must submit Annual Progress Reports in order to inform REC of the progress of the research.

The information required in an Annual Progress Report relates to research conduct, recruitment, amendments, and safety.

A Progress Report should be submitted to the REC (which gave the favorable opinion) 12 months after the date on which the favorable opinion was given. Annual Progress Reports should be submitted thereafter until the end of the study.

How do I submit an Annual Progress Report?

It is the responsibility of the Chief Investigator to complete and submit Annual Progress Reports.

Annual Progress Report Forms are available on the NRES website at: http://www.nres.npsa.nhs.uk/applications/after-ethical-review/

There are separate forms for submitting Annual Progress Reports, depending on the type of research:

  •  Annual Progress Report Form for Clinical Trials of an Investigational Medicinal Product (ctIMP).
  •  Annual Progress Report Form for All other research.

A paper copy of the Annual Report Form should be sent to the REC, and a copy sent to the R&I Office. The REC office will acknowledge receipt of the Annual Progress Report, and it will be reviewed by REC. If necessary, the Chief Investigator may be invited to attend a meeting of the REC or a sub-committee to discuss the progress of the research.

Can I continue with my research after submitting an Annual Progress Report?

The REC does not need to re-confirm its favourable ethical opinion each time an Annual Progress Report is received. It is generally assumed that the opinion applies for the duration of the research, although the REC may review its opinion at any time.