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Registering research

You must register all non-commercial, or industry-funded (but not led), research studies with Guy's and St Thomas' research and development office.

Requirements for registration

The Department of Health published the Research Governance Framework that needs to be followed.

The Research Governance Framework applies to any research involving NHS patients, their data or tissue and NHS staff, resources or facilities. It includes independent contractors, student projects and commercial research.

This means a study must:

  1. Have a sponsor - the individual or organisation that takes responsibility for confirming there are proper arrangements to initiate, manage and monitor and finance the study.
  2. Be approved by an independent Research Ethics Committee (REC) – to protect the dignity, rights and safety of participants.
  3. Have R&D approval from the NHS organisation hosting the research – ie, the site where the research is being conducted. 

Registration process guidance

The research and development department has prepared a useful guide that explains the registration process and the ethics submission process. Please contact a member of the research and development team to request a copy of this guide.

If you are considering conducting your research in the our Biomedical Research Centre or Clinical Research Facility, contact or as soon as possible.

Once the registration process has been completed you will be issued with an RJ1 or registration number that should be used as the reference number for the project. Under no circumstances is research to begin if this number has not been issued.

The R&D team and clinical trials office is here to help you through the registration process, so do not hesitate to contact us.