Are you undertaking research in your practice?

17 March 2020 | Avant Media

Undertaking research in your practice? We've got you covered

Many doctors participate in important clinical trials or research within their general practice.

The Royal College of General Practitioners has recently amended the Standards for general practices, specifically around indemnifying research in practice.

The Standards previously stated, “you must have your own insurance that covers the research.”

They have now been updated to be more explicit stating “the practice’s GPs each need to ensure that their individual medical indemnity insurance covers their research activities or purchase top-up or separate insurance cover that provides the appropriate level of indemnity required to participate in research.”

We can reassure Avant members that under your practitioner indemnity policy, there is cover for your participation in clinical trials or research that has been approved by an ethics committee, in accordance National Health and Medical Research Guidelines (NHMRC)*. You do not need to purchase additional coverage.

Under an Avant Practice Medical Indemnity Policy, we will also cover the practice to participate in NHMRC approved clinical trials or research, as long as you disclose this on your application and before you commence the research^.

For more information, please refer to the practitioner indemnity or practice indemnity product disclosure statements.

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