The Health Research Authority (HRA) definition of research is: “the attempt to derive generalisable new knowledge including studies that aim to generate hypotheses as well as studies that aim to test them”. You can check whether your project is research by using the HRA decision tool.

If you need further advice or would like us to provide written confirmation that your study is not research, please contact

If your study is research, you need to go through the governance process but if it is service evaluation, audit or surveillance, you will not need to go through this process. We are able to issue a letter confirming whether your study is service evaluation or audit if you would find this useful (contact us with your protocol if you would like a letter). Or alternatively you can contact the HRA for advice Please note the West Yorkshire R&D Team will only be able to provide advice upon receipt of a version-controlled protocol.


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