Research Databases

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Under the Research Governance Framework, there is no requirement for NHS permission for research for the establishment of databases in the NHS. Applications to NHS R&D offices through IRAS are not required as all NHS organisations are expected to have included management review in the process of establishing the database.

Research permission is also not required by collaborators at data collection centres (DCCs) who provide data under the terms of a supply agreement between the care organisation and the database. DCCs are not research sites for the purposes of the Research Governance Framework.

Ethical review of research databases