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Research Ethics

2019 REC dates

Application deadline Meeting
29 January 26 February
12 March 9 April
14 May 11 June
27 August 24 September
**27 September **22 October
22 October 19 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.

Amendment to Regulation 6 (April 30th deadline for explicit consent)

The Department of Health have updated the News section of the Health Research Consent Declaration Committee. » read more

Application for Clinical Trials

ICGP Research Ethics Committee Checklist and Application Form » read more

Application for Non-Clinical Trials

Contact: » read more

Expiration of Transition Period under the Health Research Regulations for health research project that commenced prior to 7 August 2018

Deadline reminder - The Health Research Regulations made under the Data Protection Act 2018 came into effect on August 7th, 2018 » read more

HSE National Consent Policy 2017

See Part 3 for information relevant to research » read more

Irish Journal of Medical Sciences Article - GDPR An Impediment To Research

Click here to read the article GDPR An Impediment To Research from Irish Journal of Medical Sciences. » 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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