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Our Research Ethics Committee ensures that all research carried out through RCPI is conducted according to best ethical practice.
It was established in line with the Irish Council for Bioethics’ 2004 guidance document, Operational Procedures for Research Ethics Committees.
The Committee meets four times a year to review research proposals from an ethical perspective.
We do not review clinical trials of medicinal products.
When you are ready, download the Research Ethics Application Form and include a declaration and signature page.
Make sure you include the following documents with your application:
Please submit your application to us via email with any supporting documentation as a SINGLE document.
You should submit your application at least four weeks before the next Research Ethics Committee meeting.
If your research application has been submitted to another research ethics committee, make sure you include a copy of their response with your application.
Submit your completed Research Ethics Application Form and supporting documents
After your application for ethical approval is received, the process is as follows:
After we’ve checked that your application has been submitted with all the required supplementary documentation, we will invite you to attend a Research Ethics Committee meeting. We encourage all researchers, including supervising researchers, to attend the meeting in person.
Your application will be reviewed by each committee member before the meeting and their questions will be addressed to you on the day of your review.
The committee will make its decision. The five possible outcomes are:
We will let you know the outcome of your review within two weeks of your review date.
If the committee has asked for changes and/or additional information, you should submit your reply within 60 days from the date of first Research Ethics Committee response.
Your research should not start until a final communication has been sent by the Research Ethics Committee Chair.
Our Research Ethics Committee consists of:
A new temporary, dedicated National Research Ethics Committee for COVID-19 research studies aimed at delivering rigorous yet expedited review for all COVID-19 related research studies has been established.
The NREC-COVID19 will review applications for CTIMPs and CIMDs as well as all other research considered to be COVID19-related.
If you want more information about any of our research projects or would like to get involved with research in the RCPI, contact us below
Dr Lucia Prihodova is the Research Manager at the at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Lucia holds a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine at University of Groningen, Netherlands and her research focuses on various aspects of health systems related to work environment, workforce training and wellbeing and patient outcomes.