Date lodged: 6 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how the recommendations of the Independent Review of Transvaginal Mesh Implants will protect women who could be invited to participate in research involving the use of medical mesh products.
Answered by: Shona Robison 17 March 2017
Until the Independent Review’s recommendations are published it is not possible to comment on them. In general terms, clinical research in Scotland is governed by the Scottish Executive Health Department Research Governance Framework for Health and Community Care, published in 2006. The RGF sets exacting and well established standards around the ethics, science, patient care, information, health and safety, finance and quality research culture for clinical research studies. It also details the responsibilities and accountabilities of key people and organisations involved in research studies to ensure robust governance arrangements are in place to assure these standards are maintained. The full document is available from the Scottish Government website.