The Clinical Research Governance & QA Office supports researchers who are performing research involving humans, their tissues or data to help them meet regulatory and research governance requirements. Our aim is to ensure the University of Edinburgh as a whole fulfils the legal, ethical and scientific obligations to the healthcare research process.
The office sits within the Academic Clinical and Central Office for Research & Development - ACCORD, which is a partnership between the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian and is the first port of call for researchers in Edinburgh planning a clinical research study.
All healthcare research projects involving humans, their tissue and/or data must have a named Sponsor. Research Ethics Committees, regulatory authorities and many UK funders now require evidence of Sponsorship.
If you are a University of Edinburgh or NHS Lothian employee or student and your research involves humans, their tissue and/or data, you must contact ACCORD for confirmation of Sponsorship of your research before applying for funding and research approvals.
The earlier you contact ACCORD with your research planning, the more we can do to help.
This article was published on Oct 18, 2010