College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Research ethics and integrity

The University of Edinburgh is committed to ensuring that research ethics, integrity and governance have a high profile and are firmly embedded in the University’s ethos and culture.

The University complies with the five commitments set out in the Universities UK Concordat to support research integrity.

The UUK concordat's five commitments are

  • maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research
  • ensuring that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards
  • supporting a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrityand based on good governance, best practice and support for the developmentof researchers
  • using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of researchmisconduct should they arise
  • working together to strengthen the integrity of research and to reviewing progress regularly and openly



The Academic and Clinical Central Office for Research and Development (ACCORD) is a partnership between the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian Health Board.  

It supports researchers and commercial companies throughout the UK and internationally to  conduct their clinical research.

It aims to provides a single point of entry for researchers throughout the lifecycle of their studies and its aim is to ensure  that the University meets clinical research governance and regulatory requirements, fulfils legal, ethical and scientific obligations, whilst nurturing and attracting world class research.

As sponsor, ACCORD will provide advice and support throughout your research study with:

● funding applications

● protocol development and preparation of other documentation (e.g. participant information and consent forms)

● completion and authorisation of the IRAS form

● planning study set-up

● regulatory submissions

● amendments

● sourcing investigational supplies

● confirming appropriate insurance

● legal input and authorised signatories for contracts

● risk assessment

● study close down

● publication

● working with industry.


It provides:

● expert governance and regulatory advice

● dedicated facilitators to support your project

● quality assurance services

● monitoring

● pharmaco-vigilance

● expert legal input and authorised University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian signatories for contracts

● arrangement for appropriate insurance and liability provisions

● training and guidance.


Related links


Universities UK concordat

Research Council UK - ethics

Research Councils UK - good research conduct

Medical Research Council - good research practice

Medical Research Council - Regulatory Support Centre resources and tool kits 

Medical Research Council - ethics e-learning

Research Governance Framework for Health and Community Care in Scotland


University of Edinburgh related

The University's key commercial policies:

Anti-bribery and Corruption

Conflict of Interest

Delegated Scheme of Authority

Fraud and Misappropriation

Modern Slavery Act

The Procurement Journey

Receipt of gifts

Segregation of Duties



Other University of Edinburgh policies, procedures and regulations

Data protection principles 

Financial regulations

Freedom of Information request (FOI)

Health and safety codes of practices 

Insurance policies

Intellectual property 

Policy on use of animals in research (2013) 

Procurement for research purposes

Research and Data Protection

Research data management policy

Research integrity

Research misconduct 

Research publications policy

Supervisors and Research Students, Code of Practice 



Research integrity

UK Research Integrity Office: Code of Practice for Research

Singapore Statement on Research Integrity, July, 2010

Caldicott Guardian approval (NHS)

Research Ethics and Integrity Review Group (REIRG)

The Research Ethics and Integrity Review Group (REIRG) was established by the Research Policy Group in autumn 2014. REIRG is a cross-College initiative that provides oversight and ensures that research integrity and governance is firmly embedded in the University’s ethos and culture. 

REIRG promotes awareness and training in Integrity and Ethics, as well as identifying gaps in policy and ensuring that information on all aspects of integrity, ethics and governance are visible and up to date. REIRG meets three times a year. Follow the link below for more information on their work.

Research Ethics and Integrity Review Group (REIRG)


Global Research Ethics and Integrity online training