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NDCN is committed to good research governance, and expects all Department members to be responsible for understanding and carrying out their research activities with academic integrity, and in line with the many regulations, policies and procedures, and best practices governing research activities. We are here to help, and the University has many excellent resources to support good research governance:

  • the Clinical Trials and Research Governance team, supporting research involving human participants including clinical trials and device trials, clinical research, research tissue banks and databases
  • The Human Tissue Governance team, supporting compliance with the requirements of the Human Tissue Act 2004
  • Medical Sciences Interdivisional Research Ethics Committee (MS IDREC), supporting University research involving human participants or personal data that does not require review by the NHS ethics review service
  • Oxford Tropical Research Ethics Committee (OxTREC), supporting University medical research involving human participants or personal data taking place outside the UK and EU, or funded by a US federal funding agency
  • NHS colleagues in the Joint Research Office who support NHS-sponsored research activities with human participants and data, as well as local governance for multi-site or externally-sponsored research hosted at Oxford hospitals

NDCN staff working with human research participants or human tissue samples must complete appropriate training for their roles. Be sure to check with your supervisor about any additional specific training requirements for your projects, keep copies of any completion certificates in case of audit, and report your completed training on iPassport where applicable.

Researchers working on externally-sponsored studies involving human participants hosted by NDCN should make contact with the Head of Department's office to undertake a site review and risk assessment, and ensure any funder or sponsor requirements are met before commencing study activities.

The Research Data Oxford website provides guidance on research data management, storage, and sharing.

If you have any questions or concerns about research governance in the Department, please contact or