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This report is intended to help improve understanding of health research governance in the UK by exploring the regulatory practices and cultures in other countries and sectors. It is a comparative study of the practice of those who are subject to regulatory requirements in the health research, medical drugs, environmental and financial sectors. The report is informed by a review of a small subset of literature which is particularly relevant to this question, and focuses on different elements of regulation and regulatory governance for each of the different sectors.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    The regulation of research within the English healthcare system

  • Chapter Three

    International health research governance systems

  • Chapter Four

    Comparative framework 1: medical drug regulation

  • Chapter Five

    Comparative framework 2: Environmental regulation

  • Chapter Six

    Comparative framework 3: financial services sector

  • Chapter Seven

    Comparative analysis: lessons for research governance in the UK

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