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Research Ethics

2020 REC dates

Application deadline Meeting
28 January 25 February
10 March 21 April
19 May 30 June
18 August 15 September
*25 September *20 October
27 October 24 November

 *dedicated trainee-only meeting

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

Chair: Dr Claire Collins  

Administrator: Ms Sally-Anne O'Neill, 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.

Application for Clinical Trials

ICGP Research Ethics Committee Checklist and Application Form » read more

Application for Non-Clinical Trials

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

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