Sets out existing and new functions of the Health Research Authority (HRA) for 2013.
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From 1 April 2013, when the National Information Governance Board (NIGB) is abolished, the HRA will take on certain additional functions relating to the processing of confidential patient information, including:
- hosting an independent committee to advise the HRA and the Secretary of State for Health on decisions about processing confidential patient information under the 2002 regulations
- making decisions on the processing of confidential patient information for medical research purposes on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health