R&I 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&I 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&I 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&I approval process ensures:
All research conducted within the NHS must have R&I Management Approval