Good Clinical Practice Training

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is an international ethical and scientific quality standard for designing, conducting, recording and reporting studies that involve human participants. Attending GCP courses are an essential requirement for any researcher involved in commercial or non-commercial studies. Compliance with GCP provides assurance that the rights, safety and well-being of research subjects are protected and that the results of the study are credible. GCP training should be updated every 2 years, more details can be found in SOP-QA -34 V1 by clicking here


Courses are held in Room 115 (first floor) of the Health Sciences Building or the Suttie Centre, both Foresterhill. A map can be sent, on request, alongside confirmation of course booking.


NRS Introduction to GCP (CTIMPs)

This one day course is designed either for those who have not studied Good Clinical Practice (GCP) before or for those who have studied it more than two years ago. While the principles of GCP that are covered in the course are common to a wide range of different types of clinical research, the course does focus on the drug trial specific legislation. However, it also tries to promote the 'GCP-mindset' needed to satisfy inspectors and auditors, and would therefore be useful to all clinical researchers. The course is presented as a practical introduction to the subject and consists of a mixture of short lectures interspersed with practical activities, culminating in a monitoring workshop where delegates are asked to work in small groups and review trial paperwork in the role of the monitor. This activity allows a lot of the more abstract concepts that have been discussed throughout the day to be brought to life.

This ICH E6 GCP Investigator Site Training meets the Minimum Criteria for ICH GCP Investigator Site Personnel Training identified by TransCelerate BioPharma as necessary to enable mutual recognition of GCP training among trial sponsors.

Upcoming dates:

        2016 dates

  • Wednesday 24th August             09:00 - 16:30       Room 115 Health Sciences Building
  • Monday 14th November             09:00 - 16:30       Room 115 Health Sciences Building

         2017 dates

  • Monday 6th February                 09:00 - 16:30       TBC

Please email us at: to enquire about availability and receive a registration form. 


Online NIHR Introduction to GCP (CTIMPs)

This is an online equivalent of a full day face-to-face course (see above). Anyone conducting or supporting clinical trials involving CTIMPs (Clinical Trial of Investigational Medicinal Products). This option is also available for those who are required to revalidate their certificate and are unable to attend a face-to-face update.

It is recommended to allow at least 4 hours to complete this course, however, this can be different dependent on the individual delegate. 

Please email us at: for online registration details.


NRS GCP CTIMPs (Update) 

This course is an update for those who have previously completed a full NRS Introduction to GCP (CTIMPs) or an online NIHR Introduction to GCP (CTIMPs).

Key topics include:

  • Regulation Amendments
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Informed Consent
  • Recruitment
  • Documentation & Data Management 

  Upcoming dates::

  •         Wednesday 28th Sept        12:45-16:30    Dugald Baird Conference Room, AMH

   Please email us at: to enquire about availability.


GCP Core for Researchers (non-drug)

The course is designed for those involved in studies that do not involve investigational medicinal products (IMPs). It is suitable for studies that are: observational; qualitative; using blood or tissue; analysing data from medical notes (and many more).

The course covers principles of GCP through lecturing and interactive activities. Key topics include:

  • The Research Governance Framework
  • Roles & Responsibilities
  • Informed Consent
  • Study Documentation
  • Quality Assurance


    Upcoming dates:

  • Tuesday 16th August                     13:30-16:30           201 Suttie Centre
  • Mon 5th September                       13:00-16:00           115 Health Sciences Building 
  • Tues 13th September                     09:30-12:30           201 Suttie Centre
  • Thurs 13th October                        09:30-12:30           201 Suttie Centre
  • Thurs 24th November                    09:30-12:30           TBC

Please email us at: to enquire about availability and receive a registration form.


GCP Update for Researchers (non-drug)

This course is an update for anyone involved in studies that do not involve investigational medicinal products (IMPs) and who has previously completed a full GCP Core for Researchers (non-drug) course or an online NIHR Introduction to GCP (CTIMPs).

Key topics include:

  • The Principles of GCP
  • The Research Governance Framework
  • Recent and pending changes


    Upcoming dates:

  • Tuesday 30th August                                   09:30-11:30            FULL
  • Thursday 15th Sept          *NEW TIME*    09:00 - 11:00          115 HSB
  •  Monday 10th October                                10:00-12:00            115 HSB
  • Friday 25th November                                13:00-15:00                TBC

Please email us at: to enquire about availability.