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Faculty of Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee

Overview

All research with impact has an ethical dimension and all researchers should reflect on the implications of their work, not just in terms of human (and animal) welfare and dignity, but also the social and cultural impact of their research. All research should be undertaken with cognisance of the Trinity College Guidelines for Good Research Practice.

Research involving humans and animals will require ethical review, however, other types of research may often have ethical considerations that should be addressed. In order to provide efficient and timely ethical review it has been agreed that all Schools/Units must have a research ethics approval policy in place. Schools/Units may use their own Research Ethics Committee (REC), use another School/Unit's REC or a Faculty REC.

There will be two levels of REC; Level 1 RECs will have the power to review and approve "low risk" research, while Level 2 RECs will be concerned with "high risk" research. Membership of each type of committee will be commensurate with the level of risk. Full detailsof the types of research associated with each level of REC can be found in the document, Criteria for Research Ethics Committees (2014).

Research involving hospital patients must always be approved by that hospital's research ethics review procedures.

Trinity College Dublin School / Unit REC Details Contact Details
School of Dental Science Level I Website
School of Medicine Level I

Ms Noelle Costelloe

School of Nursing & Midwifery Level I

Website

School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences Level I Website
Animal Research Ethics Committee Level II

Dr Anne Molloy - Website

Faculty of Health Sciences Level II ethicscommittee@tcd.ie
Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Level II Website
Faculty of Engineering Math and Science Level II  
St James's Hospital / Tallaght Hospital, Research Ethics Committee (JREC) Level II Mr.David Willow

Choosing the Right Committee

All research involving animals must be referred to the Animal Research Ethics Committee.

All resarch involving hospital patients must be approved by that hospital's research ethics review procedures; such research studies are not required to obtain approval from a Trinity College REC.

All Level I research should be referred to your school's Level I committee, unless you believe another REC is more appropriate for your study.

If your school does not have a Level I committe, you may submit your Level I application to the Faculty of Health Sciences REC.

All level II reserach should be referred to your Faculty REC, unless you believe another Level II REC is more appropriate for your study.

If your faculty does not have a Level II REC, you may submit your Level II application to the Faculty of Health Sciences REC.

Applications to Faculty of Health Science Research Ethics Committee

Step 1 Download the Ethics Application Form

Step 2 Submit the completed form to ethicscomm

ittee@tcd.ie by 5.00pm on the published deadline below; late applications will not be accepted. The soft copy must be one merged document, including application form and all appendices.

Step 3 Submit one hard copy to:
The Secretary of the Ethics Committee,
Health Sciences' Faculty Office,
Ground Floor,Chemistry Building,
Trinity College, Dublin 2.

Location of the Faculty Office.

Amendments to Approved Studies

It is essential that applicants carry out their research study exactly as approved by the Faculty Research Ethics Committee. If new information comes to light after ethical approval has been received and the study cannot be carried out as per the approved application, you must submit an amendment request to the Ethics Committee.

Step 1 Download Ethics Amendment Request Form

Step 2 Submit the completed form to ethicscommittee@tcd.ie by 5.00pm on the published deadline below; late requests will not be accepted.

Schedule of Faculty of Health Sciences REC Meetings 2014-15

Last date for receipt of Ethics Applications (hard & soft copies) or
Ethics Amendment Requests

Date of Ethics Committee Meeting

Friday 5th September 2014

Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Friday 3rd October 2014

Tuesday 28th October 2014

Friday 7th November 2014

Tuesday 25th November 2014

Friday 25th November 2014

Tuesday 9th December 2014

Friday 2nd January 2015

Tuesday 27th January 2015

Friday 6th February 2015

Tuesday 24th February 2015

Friday 6th March 2015

Tuesday 24th March 2015

Friday 10th April 2015

Tuesday 28th April 2015

Friday 8th May 2015

Tuesday 26th May 2015

Friday 5th June 2015

Tuesday 23th June 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: The maximum number of applications to be reviewed in any calendar month by the Faculty REC is 20. In the event that we receive more than 20 applications in one month, priority will be given to undergraduate and taught post-graduate applications.

Ethics Application Form & Related Documentation


Last updated 31 October 2014 Web Administrator (Email).