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Governance of Commercial Research

Application Flow

NHS GG&C has responsibility to ensure that there are appropriate governance arrangements in place for any commercially funded research, thus ensuring that:

  • The interests and safety of patients enrolled in trials are protected in all eventualities¬†
  • All trials are fully costed and that the costs are properly recovered
  • Maximum benefit is provided to the investigator and to the board
  • The interests of both the investigator and the board are protected in the event of Intellectual Property arising out of research
  • Any external regulatory, ethical and financial approvals are obtained
  • Any risks (liabilities) are properly considered and minimised
  • The board presents a thoroughly professional approach in its dealings with industry.

In order to ensure Governance of commercial projects, all studies must receive Management approval. Only protocols and trials approved by the R&D Management Office will be covered by the appropriate insurance or NHS indemnity arrangements and the Board will not accept liability for any activity that has not been approved. This website contains a practical guide to help you navigate the R&D process and highlights key steps required to get your research project up and running. Please refer to this flow diagram for additional information on specific aspects of your R&D application