Research Ethics Committee (REC)

The objective of the NUI Galway Research Ethics Committee is to safeguard the health, welfare and rights of human participants and researchers (in the case of hazardous materials) in research studies and to afford dignity to the handling and treatment of biological materials, taking into account the scientific procedures and concerns of the local community. For any research proposal to gain ethical approval it must be necessary and of a design that minimises predictable risk to both the research participant and the researcher. Therefore, you may require Ethical Approval if you wish to carry out research within NUI Galway for any area that involves humans or their tissues, biological materials or hazardous substances.

This page contains the documentation you will require to make an application to the REC at NUI Galway.  It also contains information on regulations governing ethical research and some useful documents on different areas of research that have, or may have, ethical implications.

The next REC submission deadline is Monday 11 June 2018 at 5pm.  Late applications will not be accepted. ‌‌ 

See here for 2018 REC Submission Deadlines.

PLEASE NOTE: If you apply for Ethical Approval, the research requiring approval should not commence before approval is granted.

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