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The Health and Life Sciences Faculty Research Ethics Committee receives and reviews applications from all Departments across the Faculty where submission to the NHS National Research Ethics Service (NRES) or other external Research Ethics Committee is required or where the research involves private patients. In order to meet the requirements of the NRES, both the scientific and ethical dimension of the research are reviewed.
The FREC comprises members drawn from each Department across the Faculty to ensure discipline-specific knowledge and methodological proficiency in addition to expertise in ethics review.
Applications involving past or present NHS or Social Care service users including their relatives and carers, tissue samples or information should be forwarded to the Faculty Research Ethics Review Committee (via Hazel Abbott) for review and approval (using the IRAS application form), before they are submitted to the National Research Ethics Service.
Applications to conduct research with private patients should be forwarded to the Faculty Research Ethics Committee (via Kellie Tune) for review and approval (using the E2U application form).
*Please note: The NRES reviews only applications for research. Applications for clinical audit or service evaluation within the NHS or Social Care should be submitted to the FREC using the E2U application form (for service evaluation) or the E2A (audit) form for clinical audit
Applications from Undergraduate and MSc students (using the E1 and E2 forms) should be sent to the relevant Departmental Research Ethics Officer (DREO) for review.
Download Faculty Research Ethics Handbook (PDF)