Frequently Asked Questions/FAQs
Q: Do I have to take part in a research study if my GP offers me to?
A: No. Participation in research is entirely voluntary. Choosing not to take part will not affect your future medical care or your statutory rights in any way. If you do choose to take part in a study you will be free to withdraw at any stage, if you decide you no longer wish to continue. You do not have to tell the reason for your decision if you do not wish to do so.
Q: Is it safe for me to take part in a study? Can I be sure that the study was reviewed thoroughly?
A: Yes. All research in the UK is reviewed by independent bodies incl. a Research Ethics Committee (REC) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) (for research involving new drugs and therapies).
Q: Will taking part in research affect my Travel Insurance?
A: In Feb 2019 the Association of British Insurers (ABI) agreed that taking part in a clinical trial should not affect travel insurance cover if the medical condition in question doesn’t.