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18 March 2020
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COVID-19 REC Applications

The Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) is acutely aware of the serious health risks and immediate challenges that are associated with COVID-19. We recognise that health research studies on COVID-19 are a matter of national and international importance and are urgently required to provide a full understanding of the novel coronavirus. Accordingly, in order to facilitate COVID-19 related research studies, we have put in place arrangements to enable our Research Ethics Committee to review applications, as per our usual criteria, as quickly as possible. Applications relating to COVID-19 do not have to wait until a scheduled ICGP Research Ethics Committee meeting, but will be dealt with outside of this process. However, the same rigour will be applied to the ethical assessment as in any other application.

Researchers are asked to email with regard to urgent COVID-19 research studies.