Research governance


Useful websites

Research Governance Framework – provides a framework for the governance of research in health and social care

Clinical Trials Toolkit –  practical advice to researchers in designing and conducting publicly funded clinical trials in the UK

Coordinated System for Gaining NHS Permissions –  an overview of the process of approval for commercial and non-commercial research in England

EU Directive 2001/20/EC – requirements of the conduct of clinical trials in the EU

EU Directive 2005/28/EC – detailed guidelines for Good Clinical Practice as regards Investigational Medicinal Products for human use

Information Commissioner's Office – information and resources for organisations relating to the storage and use of personal information

Medicines and Health Care Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) – responsible for the regulation of medicines and medical devices in the UK

National Research Ethics (NRES) – detailed information on the research ethics approvals process

Health Research Authority (HRA) - protects the rights and safety of research participants


A close up of a pen. Creative Commons: Scoobyfoo

Research governance is the broad range of regulations, principles and standards of good practice that achieve and continuously improve research quality across all aspects of healthcare in the UK and worldwide. CCGs have a statutory obligation to promote research and the use of evidence obtained from research.

Research governance applies to everyone connected to health and social care research (this means any health-related research which involves humans, their tissue and/or data), whether as a chief/principal investigator, care professional, researcher, their employer(s) or support staff. If you are involved in research of this kind, it is important that you are aware of your obligations. The Research Governance Frameworks for Health and Social Care set out the responsibilities and standards that apply to work managed within the formal research context.

For the purposes of research governance, ‘research’ means the attempt to derive generalisable new knowledge by addressing clearly defined questions with systematic and rigorous methods.

To help you decide whether your project is classified as research you should refer to the Health Research Authority decision tool.

Related pages

West and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit

West Yorkshire office:
Douglas Mill
Bowling Old Lane
West Yorkshire

Tel: 0845 1115000

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw office:
722 Prince of Wales Road
South Yorkshire
S9 4EU

Tel: 0114 3051000

Follow us online

RSS LinkedIn