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What is R&D Approval?

R&D approval provides permission for a study to commence within NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHS GG&C) and is required for all research studies involving NHS patients, their tissues or information, or studies involving NHS staff participating by virtue of their profession. 

R&D approval ensures that the legal obligations of the board, outlined in the Research Governance Framework (2nd edition, 2006), are met and is issued following a formal review of the project by designated staff. In addition, R&D approval provides insurance/indemnity for research projects under the Clinical Negligence and Other Risks Indemnity Scheme (CNORIS) and is a condition of ethical favourable opinion. The Research Governance Framework can be found here

The R&D approval process ensures:

  • An appropriate study sponsor is identified
  • The scientific quality of the proposal (as required)
  • That there is a favourable ethical opinion from an appropriate REC
  • Appropriate regulatory authorisations are in place
  • Appropriate risk/benefit analysis
  • Provisions for appropriate insurance/indemnity
  • The financial and resource implications of the study are assessed
  • Appropriate trial registration
  • All researchers have substantive or honorary NHS GG&C contracts
  • All researchers are adequately qualified
  • Support department approval
  • Formal agreements or contracts with external bodies meet the requirements of the Board.

All research conducted within the NHS must have R&D Management Approval