Within the UK, GlobalSurg 3 was assessed by the South East Scotland Research Ethics Service who defined the study as audit (reference NR/161AB6 ), therefore it was not necessary to obtain full NHS ethical review. UK collaborators still need to obtain local NHS Trust/Board and consultant approval. Collaborators based in England, Wales and Northern Ireland should also check with their hospital about whether they require local Caldicott Guardian approval for information transfer. The information about data security, anonymity and the ethical review to support this can all be found in the current protocol and in the FAQs in the technical section. Scotland-wide Public Benefit and Privacy Panel for Health and Social Care approval has been granted.
All approvals should be sought at the earliest possible opportunity as they make take some time to obtain.