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2023 REC dates

Application deadline Meeting Agenda
05 January 02 Feb Availability
09 March 06 April Availability
11 May 08 June Availability
10 August 07 Sept Availability
29 Sept* 19 Oct* Availability
02 November 30 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 Frank Moriarty

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 must be received by the deadline. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.  *Please note: The requirement for a hard copy is not required however an electronic signature/scanned copy of signatory page is mandatory.'
  • 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

Join the 2022 ICGP Research Ethics Committee

Expressions of Interest to join the 2022 ICGP Research Ethics Committee are welcomed from those with and without prior research ethics committee experience. » 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