Research Governance can be defined as a broad range of regulations, principles and standards of good practice that exist to achieve and continuously improve research quality across all aspects of healthcare in the UK and worldwide.

What is Research Governance


Who does it apply to?

Research Governance applies to everyone connected to healthcare research whether as; a Chief Investigator, Care Professional, Researcher, their employer(s) or support staff. 

By healthcare research, we mean any health-related research which involves humans, their tissue and/or data.

Examples of such research would include: 

  • Analysis of data from a patient's medical notes
  • Observations 
  • Conducting surveys
  • Using non-invasive imaging
  • Using blood or other tissue samples
  • Inclusion in trials of drugs, devices, surgical procedures or other treatments

If you are involved in research of this kind, it is important that you are aware of your obligations to the healthcare research process. You must also be aware of the College's research conduct procedures.

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Why is it needed?

Research Governance is needed to:

  • Safeguard participants in research
  • Protect researchers/investigators (by providing a clear framework to work within)
  • Enhance ethical and scientific quality
  • Minimise risk
  • Monitor practice and performance
  • Promote good practice and ensure lessons are learned