NHS & Social Care

If your research involves the National Health Service (NHS) or a Health and Social Care (HSC) organisation, you may need to apply for Health Research Authority (HRA) approval. 

The Health Research Authority (HRA) is an organisation that works to regulate different aspects of NHS/HSC research in the UK.  One of the HRA's core functions is the Research Ethics Service (RES), committed to enabling and supporting ethical NHS/HSC research. 

The RES consists of Research Ethics Committees (RECs) in England that review NHS/HSC research.  The Governance Arrangements for Research Ethics Committees (GAfREC) describe what is expected from RECs when reviewing research proposals. 

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