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Research Governance

Research Governance concerns setting standards to improve research quality and safeguard the public. It involves enhancing ethical and scientific quality, promoting good practice, reducing adverse incidents, ensuring lessons are learned and preventing poor performance and misconduct.

In 2001 CSO published the Research Governance Framework for Health and Community Care. This represented the first stage in the continuing process for promoting improvements in health and community care research. It sets standards, details the responsibilities of key people involved in research and outlines the process for achieving governance. An revised version of the Framework was published in 2006.

Organisations involved in research should now be fully compliant with the requirements of the Framework (target date was April 2004). This coincided with the transposition of the EU Directive on Good Practice in Clinical Trials into UK law.

Contact: Craig Gilbert - 0131 244 2655