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Code of Practice For Studies Involving Human Volunteers

All research involving human subjects carried out by IFR staff, either within the Institute or with scientists or clinicians at other locations, must be conducted in a manner which safeguards both the volunteers and the researchers. In particular:

  • All research involving human volunteers must be registered with the IFR Human Research Governance Committee (HRGC).
  • Research involving human subjects may not be carried out without prior approval from the HRGC and a properly constituted human research ethics committee.
  • All research involving human subjects must be carried out following the standard of Good Clinical Practice and all researchers involved must undertake the relevant training prior to commencing work on the study.
  • Research carried out on site at IFR must follow the relevant safety guidelines from the Institute’s Safety Handbook
  • Those responsible for planning the research must take account of the risk of exposure to human blood, tissue or faecal material.
  • Chief Investigators and project leaders must ensure that all staff engaged in these areas of work receive adequate training and information to enable them to recognise the hazards and minimise the risks. Researchers are reminded that they can contact the Safety Advisor for further information on those risks and how to minimise them.
  • Recruitment of IFR staff as volunteers should not be undertaken by any staff holding line management responsibilities for that member of staff or are within their immediate team. Staff should not participate in a study if they are involved with the project in any way.
  • The Institute is registered under the Data Protection Act. The Chief Investigator is responsible for checking whether the data held about volunteers requires researchers to register, in the Institute’s records, as a user of personal data. In general, ensure that volunteers are identified only by a code on all questionnaires and data records and that their names do not appear in any published or presented data.


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