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R&D Permission in Scotland

The R&D permissions process in Scotland is simple but can vary depending on whether:

  • The study is single or multicentre
  • The project is Scotland only or UK wide
  • Where the lead R&D office is based
  • Whether a project is commercial or non-commercial.

In collaboration with colleagues across the UK, a UK-wide Local Information Pack is being developed that will be incorporated into IRAS and will replace the current Site-Specific Information (SSI) Form. More details will be available in due course.


GDPR Preparation

The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May 2018. The detail of the application of the GDPR in the UK will be set out in a new Data Protection Act, which Parliament has yet to agree.

With details of the law still to be confirmed, it is important that researchers, research-active organisations and sponsors do NOT yet submit any amendments to research studies to comply with the new legislation until further detailed guidance is published by the Health Research Authority in 2018.

Useful resources can be found via:


NRS Permissions Co-ordinating Centre is based within NHS Grampian. You may contact the team with queries on the process, or to check the progress of a submission

Professor Maggie Cruikshank
R&D Director


John McDonald
NRS Change Manager

Tel: 01224 551118

Pamela Shand
Senior Administrator

Tel: 01224 552361

Kalyar Lwin
Senior Administrator

Tel: 01224 552360

Anne Brebner
Senior Administrator

Tel: 01224 552126

Jeff Bruce

Tel: 01224 552690

Uwem Okure

Tel: 01224 552690