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Research Ethics

2021 REC dates

Application deadline Meeting Agenda
26 January 23 February Closed
16 March 13 April Closed
27 April 25 May Closed
01 June 29 June Closed
17 August 14 September Closed
*30 September *19 October Trainee only (N/A)
26 October 23 November Availability

*dedicated trainee-only meeting
**Please note, a maximum number of applications applies to each meeting.

The ICGP Research Ethics Committee was granted formal recognition on 17th May 2005. It reviews both clinical and non-clinical trials.

Chair: Dr Akke Vellinga

Administrator email:


The Research Ethics Committee has adopted the following two basic statements as a guide:

  • 'Any study proposed which cannot answer the question posed is unethical.'
  • 'All research on human beings carries the possibility of harm. The level of risk, which is acceptable, depends upon the importance of the question being addressed.'

The Ethics Committee is constituted according to the International Conference on Harmonisation/Good Clinical Practice (ICH GCP) guidelines & the Clinical Trials Act 1987 (amended 1990). This Ethics Committee operates to the standards laid down in the ICH GCP guidelines published 1997 and implemented January 1998.


  • Applications are accepted on a first come first served basis. Review at next REC meeting is not guaranteed.
  • Only fully complete applications will be included on the meeting agenda. It is the responsibility of the submitting PI to ensure applications are complete.
  • One soft copy and one hard copy must be received by the deadline. Incomplete/looseleaf/ non-collated submissions will not be accepted.  *Please note: Though still preferred, in consideration of COVID-19, the requirement for a hard copy will not be enforced for the time being.
  • Completed applications must arrive at the ICGP at the latest 5pm on the last day for submissions. Applications which arrive after 5pm on the deadline date WILL NOT (under any circumstances) be put forward for review at the next meeting. They will be held over until the next deadline date. 

Application for Clinical Trial of an Investigational Medical Product (CTIMP)

ICGP Research Ethics Committee Checklist and Application Form » read more

Application for Research Studies (non-CTIMP)

Contact: » read more

General Guidance and Additional Reference Material

General Guidance and Additional Reference Material » read more

Standard Operating Procedures of the Research Ethics Committee

Objective: To ensure that the content of the study documentation is relevant and accurate, the submissions are prepared and progressed in a consistent manner, and they are subject to appropriate ethical review and approval procedures. » read more