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Supporting Research

Scotland operates a centralised system to support clinical research in Scotland and improve quality, efficiency and co-ordination. Working on a pan-Scotland basis a responsive infrastructure has been implemented to encourage researchers to bring studies to Scotland and ensure that obtaining R&D permission is a smooth and rapid process. This centralised system offers several advantages:

  • Single submission of documents
  • Co-ordinated access to clinical investigators and patients
  • Co-ordinated contract and budget review
  • Co-ordinated study-level pharmacy review
  • Model clinical trial agreements
  • Single costing for all studies using NIHR costing tool to reflect protocol requirements
  • Centralised project co-ordination
  • Efficient and prompt approval for study start up
  • National oversight via clinical networks
  • Performance management
  • Strong communication

“Scotland’s intellectual and technical resources, coupled with recent advances in streamlining processes for conducting clinical research, make Scotland an extremely attractive location for clinical research”

Roger Newbery, Vice President of Clinical Management for Europe, Middle East and Africa, PPDThe NHS Research Scotland Permissions Coordinating Centre