Health research

NT Health Site Principal Investigator responsibilities

All research projects conducted within NT Health must designate an individual qualified by training and experience to serve as the NT Health Site Principal Investigator (PI).

The PI must have sufficient authority, relevant scientific knowledge, and the requisite training to personally carry out or supervise all aspects of the project at NT Health. NT Health authorises the PI to assume ultimate responsibility for the scientific, technical and administrative aspects of the research project, even when certain tasks have been delegated to other members of the research team.

Checklist of responsibilities

For all research team members

  • Maintain documented evidence that they have adequate qualifications and experience to perform delegated tasks and have received appropriate and adequate training in research-related procedures.
  • Maintain documented evidence of accredited training in the principles of the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) Good Clinical Practice (GCP) every three years.
  • Maintain an up-to-date delegation log of appropriately qualified persons to whom the investigator has delegated significant research-related duties.
  • Notify the NT Health RGO of any changes in site PI, addition / removal of Associate Investigators, study coordinator / project contact person and all Non-NT Health staff and students accessing identifiable data or NT Health facilities, and any changes to the police clearance and working with children’s clearance (WWCC) status of any member of the research team.

For Non-NT Health research team members accessing patient identifiable data

In addition to the above:

  • complete and endorse External agency access to clinical systems form
  • an initial national Police check (valid within six months)
  • WWCC if the research involves accessing data of children under 18 years of age
  • evidence of indemnity.

For Non-NT Health research team members accessing NT Health sites

In addition to both the above:

  • ensure all research members comply with NT Health policy and procedures
  • maintain documented evidence of appropriate qualifications and professional registration boards
  • satisfy immunisation requirements as per NT Health policy
  • evidence of indemnity.

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Last updated: 14 June 2022

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