Further resources on legal and ethical issues

Below you will find an additional number of useful resources on disclosure assessment, research ethics, consent and anonymisation that we have collated.

Data protection

Disclosure assessment

Ethical guidelines for researchers

Data sharing

Informed consent


Research Ethics Committees

Medical and health research

  • Data protection, informed consent and research - a British Medical Journal editorial on data protection, informed consent and research, with further links
  • Ethics and research governance - a Medical Research Council resource containing guidance on planning or conducting studies involving people who lack the mental capacity to give informed consent about taking part in research. Also covers the use of personal information by medical researchers, including patient data for which consent has not or will not be obtained
  • The Research Ethics Service (RES) - guidance on NHS ethics applications from the NHS Health Research Authority
  • Health & Social Care Information Centre - provides some NHS guidelines on the Freedom of Information Act, data protection and statistical and information governance

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