Publication date: January 17, 2013
Revision date: February 5, 2016
Introduction to Clinical Research (ICRweb) aims to contribute to the improvement of clinical research in Japan by providing teaching materials, latest information, and instructive information relating to clinical research on-line.
The content of this site is created and operated by the research group of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare: "Education and enlightenment of researchers, ethical review committee members, clinical research professionals, and citizens, using the clinical research portal site ICRweb" (the Health and Labour Sciences Research Grants).
Details regarding linking to this site, precautions for use (secondary use, copyright, etc.), disclaimers, usage environment, etc. are given below.
If you have any questions, comments, or opinions relating to this site, please Contact Us.

About site links

  1. Link
    • In principle, this site is link-free.
    • There is no need to contact us in advance, such as asking for permission, when linking.
    • Make a link with a bannar of "ICRweb" or linking to top page with specifying the name of this site and displayed the URL in address field.
  2. Bannar
    • We prepareed three types of bannars below.
      • 234x60(pixel):
      • 120x60(pixel):
      • 88x31(pixel)_:

Use of content

  1. Secondary use (use, transfer)
    • Secondary use for commercial purposes is not permitted.
      However, this does not apply if used for the purpose of disseminating and raising awareness of clinical research methodology and education. If you wish to use the site for other commercial purposes, please contact us.
    • There are no restrictions in the case of secondary use for non-commercial purposes.
      However, in such cases, always specify the information source (site name: Introduction to Clinical Research or ICRweb, and URL: without modifying the content.
    • When using the site, you may not modify the content, in whole or in part, without permission from ICRweb.
    • For secondary users
      Please let us know your opinions and impressions of ICRweb, the purpose of use, and method of use, so that we may use them as a reference for future improvements to site management and content.
  2. Copyright
    • Copyright of work (articles, images, illustrations, photographs, documents, etc.) on this site belongs to ICRweb, or contributors or collaborators who provided work.
  3. Terms of use of e-learning
    • Users must register on the site to use the e-learning content. The reason of this is that understanding the status of use is necessary to operate with stable and consistent quality and that a user count function is used to record the learning status of teaching materials on the system and issue certificates of completion.
      For details, refer to "Handling of personal information".


  1. This site does not offer individual consultations relating to matters such as research design or statistics.
    Further, we cannot respond to questions regarding the content of the lectures posted.
  2. At ICRweb, we take all possible measures to maintain the accuracy of information posted on this site. However, in cases where multiple theories exist, all may not be covered.
  3. ICRweb shall not accept responsibility for any loss suffered by users as a result of using information from this site.
  4. Please note that the content of this site may be changed or deleted without prior notice.

Handling of personal information

Personal information gathered from members during registration on this site shall be under strict management and be used only for the following purposes which shall be specified in advance. We shall not disclose or provide this information to a third party except in the following cases.

  1. Purpose of use
    • To contact or notify users
    • To provide information relating to the various content offered by this site
    • To examine, develop, and provide improvements to the operation of this site, to the content for users, and to quality and user friendliness, according to the status of use of this site and user attributes
    • To conduct various questionnaires
  2. Disclosure or provision to a third party
    • When part, or all, of the business is outsourced to a vendor with which a non-disclosure agreement has been concluded in advance
    • When disclosure of personal information is required by legal order, etc.
    • If the user requests suspension of information provision by the site, it will be stopped.

About cookies

A cookie is a mechanism that confirms a user by sending a small data file from the website server to the user's hard disk or memory when the user browses on the web. This is read by the website which recognizes users who visit repeatedly.
  • The text file that ICRweb sends as a cookie does not contain any personally identifiable information.
  • The main purpose of using cookies on ICRweb:
    1. To ascertain the actual number of users who visited the website (traffic survey)
    2. To confirm users in specific user content (user confirmation)

User-Agent string

ICRweb may collect user-agent string from the site users for analysing system failure. Collected information shall only be used for the purpose of dissolving such failure, and shall not be used for any other purpose, or disclosed to a third party without the permission of the site user.

Using Google Analytics

This site uses services provided by Google Analytics to ascertain the usage status of the site. Google Analytics uses cookies to collect logs without any personally identifiable information. The collected logs shall be managed based on Google's privacy policy. For more information, please check the Google Analytics privacy policy.

The above mentioned site policy relates to this ICRweb portal and does not apply to other sites linked to this site.
Last modified: Wednesday, 6 September 2023, 11:22 AM