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Peer review audit

Last reviewed 
9 May 2016

Peer review is at the heart of excellent medical research. It is a membership requirement, and every five years we audit members’ peer review processes to ensure they are operating according to AMRC’s principles of peer review: accountability, balance, independence, rotation and impartiality. The audit also provides an opportunity to collect benchmarking for  data on the amount of work involved in peer review, and allows us to reassess our principles to ensure they are keeping pace with best practice.

2015 audit

In 2015, we undertook an audit of all members that joined before 1 January 2014. AMRC convened an audit committee to help AMRC oversee and assess our member’s peer review practices. The committee was authorised to:

  • Investigate any activity within its terms of reference
  • Review members' peer review audit responses (subject to conflicts of interest)
  • Make peer review audit recommendations to AMRC for its consideration
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of revision to AMRC's principles of peer review.

The results of the 2015 peer review audit are out! Click below to for an overview of the results:

Raising the standards of research funding: an audit of how AMRC members undertake peer review

For a look at more indepth findings, see our briefing:

2015 peer review audit: briefing

Should you have any questions, please contact Andy.


2011 audit

In 2011, 124 charities were eligible to take part in the audit. 76% met all the principles of peer review and were awarded a certificate of best practice. Charities with minor problems in any of the five areas of peer review were offered advice on how to revise their processes to bring them into line with AMRC’s principles.