AMRC has five principles of peer review, which must be implemented in member charities of all sizes, across funding for all types of medical and psychosocial research.

  • Accountability: Charities are open and transparent about their peer review procedures and publish details, including the names of members of scientific advisory panels or other decision-making bodies.
  • Balance: Scientific advisory panels reflect a fair balance of experience and scientific disciplines.
  • Independent decision making: The scientific advisory panel is independent of the charity's administrative staff and trustees.
  • Rotation of scientific advisers: Scientific advisory panel members have a fixed term of office and do not have tenure.
  • Impartiality: Scientific advisory panels include a significant number of non-beneficiaries. There is a conflict of interest policy and potential beneficiaries are not present when decisions are made.

Further information and in-depth guidance on implementing the mandatory requirements for each principle can be found here. This document also highlights additional best practice guidance that we encourage our members to adopt or work towards, in order to reduce bias and increase quality. We recognise the challenges in implementing these principles in ‘single-institute’ charities, and offer supplementary guidance.