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Participant Identification Centres (PICs)

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Participant Identification Centres or PICS are NHS/Non-NHS sites that identify potential research participants. 

A GP practice is operating as a PIC if its role involves:

  • identifying potential research participants by processing personal data (e.g. searching patient record databases);

  • it is following sponsor instructions in identifying potential research participants;

  • the practice then directs potential participants to a separate research site without undertaking further research activity for a study.