Together with clinical care and teaching, research forms a vital part of the core activity of the Trust. In order to protect the dignity and rights of patients, the Research & Development Directorate is committed to ensuring that research performed at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) is of the highest scientific and ethical standard.

Appropriate governance arrangements are in place, including policies and Standard Operating Procedures, in order to comply with Care Quality Commission standards, the Department of Health Research Governance Framework and the Medicines for Healthcare Regulatory Agency.