Research Governance

The Research Governance Framework sets out the principles for the governance of research in health and social care. It is made up of regulations, principles and standards of good practice designed to achieve and continuingly improve research quality.

Who does it apply to?

Research governance applies to everyone connected to clinical research, whether as a chief investigator, care professional, researcher, their employer(s) or support staff.

Clinical research is any health-related research that involves humans, their tissue and/or data.

Why do we need it?

Research governance is needed to:

  • safeguard participants in research
  • protect researchers/investigators (by providing a clear framework within which to work)
  • enhance ethical and scientific quality
  • mitigate risk
  • monitor practice and performance
  • promote good practice and ensure that lessons are learned.