Research governance & classification

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