Ethics Research Committee

The Ethics Research Committee (ERC) of The National Maternity Hospital will consider all clinical trials and research projects which are proposed to take place in the hospital.  The Ethics Research Committee normally will hold twelve meetings per annum. Meetings are normally held on the first 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.


Applications / queries for the Ethics Research Committee can be sent to:

Gayle Reilly
Ethics Research Committee Administration / Secretarial Support,
The National Maternity Hospital,
Holles Street,
Dublin 2.

Telephone: (01) 6373155 Bleep: 114


The following documentation must be completed and forwarded to the Ethics Research Committee before the application can be considered:

Guidance Manual

Standard Application Form

Part Three Research Consent

Please ensure the consent form and patient information leaflet are understandable / easy to read for non medical individuals.  It is always better for there is only one consent form for study to avoid confusion.

NMH Adult Consent Form

Please note secure email addresses should only be used for studies, hotmail accounts are not acceptable.

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 said study.