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Good practice in research

The explanatory guidance Good practice in research set out the good practice principles that doctors are expected to understand and follow if they are involved in research.

This document brings together all of our advice to doctors involved in research and includes relevant extracts from Confidentiality on research and other secondary uses of data and 0-18 years: guidance for all doctors on involving children or young people in research.

Doctors must follow all our guidance: serious or persistent failure to do so will put their registration at risk.

Read the guidance

The guidance in practice: supporting materials

The guidance is supported by two legal annexes which are relevant to Consent to research. Annex A gives more detail and links to further information about the legal and governance framework relevant to research in the UK and annex B sets out the key elements of the UK legislation on clinical trials of medicines.

We have also produced a list of other sources of information and guidance.

You can also download pdf versions of these supporting documents:

Research involving people directly or indirectly is vital in improving care and reducing uncertainty for patients now and in the future, and improving the health of the population as a whole.

Our page about supporting medical research provides a range of links to help doctors and patients learn more about clinical trials, studies and other work in this area.

Background

Research involving people directly or indirectly is vital in improving care and reducing uncertainty for patients now and in the future, and improving the health of the population as a whole.

Our page about supporting medical research provides a range of links to help doctors and patients learn more about clinical trials, studies and other work in this area.

Download the guidance

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