There is a requirement to send progress reports to a number of interested parties throughout a trial. For example, Trial Steering Committees and Funders will require regular updates and routine reports.
Trial initiation performance must be reported by NHS providers, when subject to an NIHR contract. The benchmark for trial initiation is a 70 day period which begins on receipt of a valid research application. The NIHR provides a definition of receipt of valid research application.
An annual progress report is also sent to the ethics committee. The HRA website provides a specific Annual Progress Report Template for CTIMPs relating to completion and submission of this report. In addition, progress reports are usually required by the trial sponsor and the NHS R&D Office(s) where the trial is conducted.