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    The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors is a group of general medical journal editors whose participants meet annually and fund their work on the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts. Participating journals and organisations that approve the revised Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts include the British Medical Journal, Journal of the American Medical Association, New England Journal of Medicine and The Medical Journal of Australia.

  • IMP

    Investigational Medicinal Product is a pharmaceutical form of an active substance or placebo being tested or used as a reference in a CTIMP. This includes products already with a marketing authorisation: when used or assembled (formulated or packaged) in a way different from the authorised form,when used for an unauthorised indication, or when used to gain further information about the authorised form.

  • Inclusion Criteria

    Specific criteria (e.g. age, sex, medical history, the type and stage of a disease) which are defined within the study protocol that identify the specific population group that the researcher wishes to participate in a study.

  • Indirect Costs

    Non-specific costs charged across all projects based on estimates that are not otherwise included as Directly Allocated Costs. They include the costs of the Research Organisation's administration such as personnel, finance, library and some departmental services.

  • Infrastructure Costs

    The cost of rent, maintenance, electricity, water and other overheads considered in determining the full economic cost of conducting a research study.

  • Inspection

    Inspection is a statutory activity, undertaken by government agencies (competent or those acting on their behalf).  It is a systematic investigation into systems and processes to measure compliance with legal frameworks.

  • Integrated Research Application System (IRAS)

    Integrated Research Application System is a single system for applying for the permissions and approvals required for health and social care / community care research in the UK.

  • Intellectual Property (IP)

    Intellectual property is the novel or previously undescribed tangible output of any intellectual activity. It has an owner, it can be bought,sold or licensed and must be adequately protected. It can include inventions,industrial processes, software, data, written work, designs and images.

  • International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH)

    International Conference on Harmonisation - often used in combination with GCP or Good Clinical Practice (i.e. ICH GCP).

  • International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number (ISRCTN)

    The International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number is a simple numeric system for the unique identification of randomised controlled trials worldwide. The ISRCTN Register also accepts registration of other forms of studies designed to assess the efficacy of health-care interventions.


    Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000 lays down basic measures for the health protection of individuals against dangers of ionising radiation in relation to medical exposure. The Regulations impose duties on those responsible for administering ionising radiation to protect persons undergoing medical exposure whether as part of their own medical diagnosis or treatment or as part of occupational health surveillance, health screening, voluntary participation in research or medico-legal procedures