The Research Ethics Committee is a National Committee that is approved to receive and approve application proposals nationally. Monthly meetings are held with the exception of August. There is one quarter lay attendance and a quorum is required at each meeting.
Generally, the applications are approved at each meeting; if not approved the Chairman will request clarification on a particular issue.
The Research Ethics Committee (REC) of The National Maternity Hospital will consider all clinical trials and research projects which are proposed to take place in the hospital. The Research Ethics Committee normally will hold eleven meetings per annum. Meetings are normally held on the second Monday of the month and all submissions must be received into the Secretary two weeks prior to this in order to be reviewed by the committee at this meeting.
Important Information – The Research Ethics Committee never access patient information / records. Therefore, this should not be information that you include on the Patient Information Leaflet. Should this be on the Patient Information Leaflet, the Secretary will not accept your application for the agenda.
Applications for the December meeting must be received by Thursday 26th November 2020 @ 4pm. Please send six paper copies of your completed Standard Application Form including Patient Information Leaflets & Consent Forms to the Secretary at the address below. We will also need an electronic copy of these documents sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note secure email addresses should only be used for studies, hotmail & gmail accounts are not acceptable.
All applications must have a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) conducted, see the form below.
The documentation listed below on the checklist must be completed and forwarded to the Research Ethics Committee before the application can be considered. Please ensure the consent form is reviewed & amended accordingly as not all paragraphs or sentences in this sample will apply to your particular study. The consent form and patient information leaflet should be on separate sheets, understandable and easy to read for non-medical individuals. It is always better for there to be only one consent form for the study to avoid confusion.
When the study has received ethical approval from the Committee it should be noted that given the potential use of hospital resources / data, permission from the appropriate departments must also be sought within the Hospital e.g. Pharmacy, Laboratory, Radiology before commencement of the study.
Applications and queries for the Research Ethics Committee can be sent to:
Research Ethics Committee,
The National Maternity Hospital,
Tel: (01) 637 3155