The standards and principles of the Research Governance Framework currently apply to all research that relates to the responsibilities of the Secretary of State for Health. This includes any research undertaken by academic or independent bodies/ individuals, in or with social care agencies, as well as research undertaken by those agencies themselves.
The purpose of Research Governance is to ensure the highest standards of quality in research. This covers scientific quality and standards of ethics, and all related management aspects in the setting up, conduct, reporting and progression to healthcare improvements.
The Research Governance Framework sets out responsibilities for all involved in research: researchers (including students and their supervisors), care professionals, funding bodies, hosts, employers, and sponsors of research.