GUILDFORD, England, June 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has awarded the Surrey Clinical Research Centre (Surrey CRC) at the University of Surrey standard accreditation for conducting clinical pharmacology Phase I trials -

The accreditation scheme was introduced to improve the safety of clinical research volunteers and assesses the capability of the clinical research centre based on facilities, training and experience of staff. The accreditation gives additional reassurance and confidence that the Surrey CRC meets the highest of industry clinical research standards.

Dr Julia Boyle, Director of Surrey CRC, said: I am very proud to announce the accreditation of the Surrey CRC by the MHRA. Our accreditation success reflects the strong commitment of the University of Surrey - and in particular the Surrey CRC team - to excellence and high-quality research. The Surrey CRC is embedded in an academic environment with international recognition for clinical research. In addition to our academic strength, the accreditation places us firmly alongside the best commercial clinical research organisations in the UK.

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About Surrey Clinical Research Centre

At Surrey Clinical Research Centre, part of the University of Surrey, we have a proven formula for success in clinical research, with a particular emphasis on sleep and human psychopharmacology. To date we have undertaken over 250 clinical trials including both volunteer and patient populations. We have the experience and expertise to develop quality, tailor-made solutions in a timely and flexible manner.

Working in collaboration with us enables access to: - 24 fully monitored sleep beds - Our experience of over 250 trials in human psychopharmacology - Full clinical support and project management - Highly experienced clinical trials staff - Complete data management and statistical analysis - Leading academic expertise - Large populations of healthy volunteers and patients - Our experience in regulatory submissions

About the University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is one of the UK's leading professional, scientific and technological universities with a world class research profile and a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Ground-breaking research at the University is bringing direct benefit to all spheres of life - helping industry to maintain its competitive edge and creating improvements in the areas of health, medicine, space science, the environment, communications, defence and social policy. Programmes in science and technology have gained widespread recognition and it also boasts flourishing programmes in dance and music, social sciences, management and languages and law. In addition to the campus on 150 hectares just outside Guildford, Surrey, the University also owns and runs the Surrey Research Park, which provides facilities for 140 companies employing 2,700 staff.

The Sunday Times names Surrey as 'The University for Jobs' which underlines the university's growing reputation for providing high quality, relevant degrees.

Surrey is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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