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Permissions Co-ordinating Centre

The NHS Research Scotland Permissions Coordinating Centre (NRS Permissions CC) offers a coordinated and streamlined process for obtaining Scotland-wide NHS R&D permission for multicentre clinical studies.

NRS Permissions Coordinating Centre works in close collaboration with NRS R&D office staff across all Scottish Health Boards. The current system involves assigning a lead Board to undertake the review of generic issues once on behalf of all the other Boards who have been requested to host the study. Individual Boards continue to review local issues (such as their capability to host the study) as part of the approval process but using a standardised set of documentation and checks.

Adoption of a Scottish-wide document set, including standard non-commercial and commercial model clinical trial agreements has been central to the efficiency gains achieved through this system. This coordinated approach in Scotland offers multiple benefits:

  • Single point of contact for industry and investigators, to coordinate multicentre research applications
  • Submit project documentation only once in Scotland
  • Centralised project coordination and management
  • Help maintain adherence to national target timelines
  • Improved efficiency and compliance through use of the web-based database for all NRS projects (SReDA - Scottish Research Database Application).
  • Reduced time to gain permissions which fully satisfy all governance and regulatory requirements.
  • Project tracking: active project management systems in place.
  • NRS performance monitoring
  • Direct links with equivalent coordinating contacts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Access to investigators and patients
  • Free, efficient and effective feasibility service for commercial customers.

The system removes time-consuming duplication and has delivered impressive R&D permission times with performance monitoring occurring on a quarterly basis.