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The Research Passport system has been put in place by the NHS for non-clinical researchers. This initiative simplifies administrative procedures when issuing honorary research contracts to researchers with no contractual arrangements with the NHS, and who carry out research in the NHS that affects patient care.
What is a Research Passport?
If you carry out research, which involves patients or carers, or recruitment of participants through the NHS and if you are not in any of the below categories and have no contractual relationship with the NHS, you may need a Research Passport.
The NHS organisation hosting the research will confirm:
Check the details in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) guide to see which pre-engagement checks you will need and whether you will also need an honorary research contract.
You will not need a Research Passport or an honorary research contract if:
There are two types of Research Passport: the project-specific and the three-year Research Passport.
The project-specific Research Passport is for researchers who will be involved with only one project over the course of three years.
The three-year Research Passport is for researchers who will be working on a number of studies over the course of three years and have an ongoing research portfolio.
Further details about the Research Passport are available on the NIHR website.
It is the responsibility of the Researcher to identify that the Research Passport is needed, initiate the process of obtaining the Research Passport and ensure that it is taken through to completion.
A copy of the Research Passport form can be downloaded from the NIHR website.
Read the guidance for completing the Research Passport form.
The Principal Investigator must apply for permission to conduct the research in the NHS organisation. The Research Passport does not remove the need to apply to the NHS organisation for permission or to apply for ethical review.