Acronyms

To help you understand the abundance of acronyms used in the UK health and life sciences sector:

A
AAR  Accelerated Access Review
ABHI Association of the British Healthcare Industries
ABPI Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry
ACD Appraisal Consultation Document
AESGP Association of the European Self Medication Industry
AGNSS Advisory Group for National Specialised Services
AHSC Academic Health Science Centre
ANSN Academic Health Science Network
AL Adaptive Licensing
AMRC Association of the Medical Research Charities
AMS Academy of Medical Sciences
APG American Pharmaceutical Group
APPG All Party Parliamentary Group
APPG  All Party Pharmacy Group

B
BAEPD British Association of European Pharmaceutical Distributors
BAPW British Association of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers
BBSRC Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
BELS  British Expats in Life Sciences
BGMA
 British Generic Manufacturers Association
BHBIA British Healthcare Business Intelligence Association
BIA UK BioIndustry Association
BIG Bioindustrial Innovation and Growth Team (BIS subgroup)
BIS Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
BMA British Medical Association
BNF British National Formulary
BNFC British National Formulary for Children
BIVDA British In Vitro Diagnostics Association
BPG British Pharma Group
BRC Biomedical Research Centre

C
CAMHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
CBI The Confederation of British Industry
CCG Clinical Commissioning Group
CHM Commission on Human Medicines
CHMP Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use
COF Commissioning Outcomes Framework – NICE
COMP Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products
CPRD Clinical Practice Research Datalink
CQC Care Quality Commission (regulates adult social care services)
CQUIN Commissioning for Quality and Innovation
CRG Clinical Reference Group
CRN Clinical Research Network
CRUK Cancer Research UK
CSA Chief Scientific Adviser (to the Prime Minister)
CSO Commissioning Support Organisation

D
DEFRA Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs
DH/DoH Department of Health
DHSSPS Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
DSU Decision Support Unit, NICE
DSUR Developmental Safety Update Report

E
EA Environment Agency
EAMS Early Access to Medicines Scheme
ECMC Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre Network
EFPIA European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations
EGA European Generic Medicines Association
EHR Electronic Health Record
EMA European Medicines Agency
EMC Electronic Medicines Compendium
EMG European Medicines Group
EMIG Ethical Medicines Industry Group
EMR Electronic Medical Record
EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
ERG Evidence Review Groups
ESRC Economic and Social Research Council
EuropaBio European Association for Bioindustries

F
FPM Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine

G
GAVI Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation
GIRP European Association of the Pharmaceutical Full-Line Wholesalers
GPhC General Pharmaceutical Council

H
HEAT targets Health Improvement, Efficiency, Access and Treatment
HEI  Higher Education Institutions
HES 
Hospital Episode Statistics
HFEA Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
HPA Health Protection Agency
HRA Health Research Authority
HRG Healthcare Resource Group
HRSS Health Research Support Service
HSCIC Health and Social Care Information Centre
HSE Health Survey for England/Health and Safety Executive
HTA Human Tissue Authority

I
IAPO International Association of Patients’ Organisations
ICD-10 International Classification of Diseases
ICER Incremental Cost-Effectiveness Ratio
ICH International Conference on Harmonisation
IFPMA International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations
J
JCVI Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

L
LCRN Local Clinical Research Network
LES Local Enhanced Service (part of Quality & Outcomes Framework)
LEPs Local Enterprise Partnerships
LNDG London New Drugs Group
LCNDG London Cancer New Drugs Group
LPC Local Pharmaceutical Committee
LSIDB Life Sciences Innovation Delivery Board
LSIO Life Science Investment Organisation
LSUK Life Sciences UK

M
MAG Medicines Access Group
MAPPs Medicines Adaptive Pathways to Patients
MHRA Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
MISG Ministerial Industry Strategy Group
MMTSG Ministerial Medical Technology Strategy Group
MRC Medical Research Council

N
NAO National Audit Office
NAPC National Association of Primary Care
NC3Rs National Centre for the Reduction, Refinement and Replacement of Animals in Research
NCAS National Clinical Assessment Service
NCASP National Clinical Audit Support Programme
NCRI National Cancer Research Institute
NHS National Health Service
NHSBT NHS Blood and Transplant
NHSC National Horizon Scanning Centre
NHSCB NHS Commissioning Board
NHSE NHS England
NHSFT NHS Foundation Trust
NHS IC NHS Information Centre
NHS LA NHS Litigation Authority
NIB National Information Board
NICE National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
NIHR National Institute for Health Research
NIHR CRN National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network
NIII National Institute for Innovation and Improvement
NOCRI National Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure
NPA National Pharmacy Association
NPC National Prescribing Centre
NPSA National Patient Safety Agency
NRES National Research Ethics Service
NSCG National Specialised Commissioning Group
NSF National Service Framework
NTA National Treatment Agency

O
OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OFT Office of Fair Trading
OHE Office of Health Economics
OLS Office for Life Sciences
ODIG Orphan Diseases Industry Group
ONS Office for National Statistics
OSCHR Office for the Strategic Coordination of Health Research

P
PAGB Proprietary Association of Great Britain
PALS Patient Advice and Liaison Service
PAPIG Patient and Public Involvement Group
PASLU Patient Access Schemes Liaison Unit
PBC Practice-Based Commissioning
PCT Primary Care Trust
PHA Personalised Healthcare Alliance
PHE Public Health England
PIE Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
PPIEE  Patient and Public Involvement, Engagement and Experience
PPRS 
Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme
PSNC Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee
PSUR Periodic Safety Update Report
PV Pharmacovigilance

Q
QALY Quality-adjusted life year
QIPP Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention
QMAS Quality Management Analysis System
QOF Quality Outcomes Framework

R
RCGP Royal College of General Practitioners
RCN Royal College of Nursing
RCUK Research Councils UK
RCOG Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
RCO Royal College Ophthalmologists
RCP Royal College of Physicians
RCPCH Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
RCS Royal College of Surgeons
REACH European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals
RPS Royal Pharmaceutical Society
RSM Royal Society of Medicine

S
SBRI  Small Business Research Initiative
SCG 
Specialised Commissioning Group
SmPC/SPC Summary of medicinal Product Characteristics
SPC Supplementary Protection Certificate
SUSAR Suspected Unexpected Serious Adverse Reaction

T
TRIPs Agreement on Trade-Related aspects of Intellectual Policy rights
TRP Translational Research Partnership
TSB Technology Strategy Board
TTC Therapeutics and Toxicology Centre (Cardiff)

U
UKCRC UK Clinical Research Collaboration
UKCRN UK Clinical Research Network
UKMi UK Medicines Information
UKTI UK Trade and Investment
UVIG UK Vaccine Industry Group


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