Is my study research?

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  • 'No' - Are the participants in your study randomised to different groups?
  • 'No' - Does your study protocol demand changing treatment/ patient care from accepted standards for any of the patients involved?
  • 'No' - Are your findings going to be generalisable?

Your study would NOT be considered Research by the NHS.

You may still need other approvals.

Researchers requiring further advice (e.g. those not confident with the outcome of this tool) should contact their R&D office or sponsor in the first instance, or the HRA to discuss your study. If contacting the HRA for advice, do this by sending an outline of the project (maximum one page), summarising its purpose, methodology, type of participant and planned location as well as a copy of this results page and a summary of the aspects of the decision(s) that you need further advice on to the HRA Queries Line at

For more information please visit the Defining Research table.

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