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Information for researchers

Research is governed differently from other studies and usually requires regulatory body approval and formal approval from the Research, Development and Innovation department at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB).

Clinical audits, service evaluations or public health surveillance are not classed as research and should not be portrayed as research in publications. Clinical audits and service evaluations are not subject to regulatory oversight.

To check if your project is defined as research, please use the decision tool on the NHS Health Research Authority (HRA) website.

If you are unsure if your project is classified as research after using the HRA decision tool, please contact the Clinical Audit team.

Last reviewed: 15 July 2022