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About NUI Galway
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Research Ethics Committee
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 Friday 20th April 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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- The REC only reviews applications from staff members and Doctoral & MD (Doctor of Medicine) postgraduates. The REC does NOT accept applications from Masters students, either taught or by major thesis. See here for information on NUI Galway's School Research Ethics Committees (SRECs)
- Are you unsure whether your research requires ethical approval? Examples of activities that may require ethics approval are outlined here.
- Are you unclear whether your research will require approval from Galway University Hospital as well as, or instead of the NUIG REC? These guidelines will help you decide whether to apply to one or both ethics committees. (* Should you require the Galway University Hospitals Research Ethics Committee, please telephone the Secretary on 091-775022.)
RE SIGNATURES : Post-graduate students - ensure you and your supervisor have signed your application / Staff - ensure you and your Head of Discipline have signed your application. ORIGINAL SIGNATURES ARE REQUIRED.
Applications must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org as one single pdf document , no later than the deadline date above. Applicants must also submit a signed hard copy by the deadline date. For any other information or queries contact:
NUI Galway Research Ethics Committee
Research and Innovation Centre
Tel: 353 91 495312
Fax: 353 91 494591
NUI Galway Policies:
- NUI Galway Child Protection Policy
- For information on health and safety for researchers, please see the following documents: Guidance on Health and Safety in Fieldwork and University Policy and Model Code of Practice on Fieldwork in University Units
- For questions regarding the University's Indemnity Policy please email: email@example.com
- Information about Garda Vetting for students can be obtained here: Garda Vetting and Police Clearance
- For information about Garda Vetting for staff please contact firstname.lastname@example.org in Human Resources
Legislations and Declarations:
- Irish Clinical Trials Directive (Clinical Trials on Medicinal Products for Human Use 2004, S.I No 190)
- Irish Data Protection Act 1988 and 2003 (Informal Consolidation version)
- World Medical Association (2008): Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects
- CIOMS Guidelines (2002): International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects
- Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research (US) (1979)
- Nuremberg Code (1949)
Irish Guidance Documents:
- Guidance on Consent: HSE NCAG Consent Policy (2012)
- Data Protection Act 1988 and 2003
- A Guide for Data controllers
- Data Protection Commissioner - Medical and Health Sector: Data Protection Rules in Practice
- HRB Discussion Document on Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003: Some implications for public health and medical research: The Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003
- NDA Ethical Guidelines for Disability Research
- NDA Guidelines for Including People with Disabilities in Research
- Guidance on Human Tissue Research: Irish Council for Bioethics: Human Biological Material: Recommendations for Collection, Use and Storage in Research 2005
- Guidance on Clinical Trials Directive - Irish Medicines Board: Clinical Trials Directive (Clinical Trials on Medicinal Products for Human Use 2004, S.I No190) FAQs
- Guidance on research in nursing: Guidance to Nurses and Midwives Regarding Ethical Conduct of Nursing and Midwifery Research (2007)
- Guidance on research with children: Guidance for developing ethical research projects involving children (2012)
- Guidance on child protection: “Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children” (2011)