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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.
During the period of the University shutdown, the Research Ethics Committee (REC) will continue to accept applications. However, with the new restrictions in place and the challenges of remote working, it will not be possible to undertake the same volume of applications. This may result in longer processing time the usual for some applicants.
Cognisant of this, please consider whether your application can be deferred until a later date - e.g. if the proposal relates to work that is not due to commence in the short to medium-term. Also, please consider the nature of your research within the context of government guidelines on social distancing and whether, in fact, the research can be carried out whilst these practices are in place: e.g. does your research require direct contact with participants, including for the purposes of obtaining consent?
A number of national funders have released calls (26th Mar) for COVID-19 related research. Successful applications under these schemes may require ethics approval and the Committee will endeavour to prioritise these for review/approval.
The next REC submission deadline is Monday 6th APRIL 2020, at 5pm. Late applications will not be accepted.
**Please note that as of April 2020, the REC will cap the number of applications accepted for review to a number that can reasonably be actioned by active committee members. Submission pre-deadline is no longer a guarantee that your application will be reviewed.
In light of COVID-19 restrictions, we will accept April submissions in e-copy format only. While electronic signatures will be accepted, please ensure your application has the approval of your supervisor (students) or Head of School / Director (staff).
See here for REC 2020 Submission Deadlines.
PLEASE NOTE: If you apply for Ethical Approval, data collection for the research requiring approval must not commence before full approval is granted.
Due to the high volume of requests we are currently receiving, requests for amendment must be submitted using the REC Amendment Request Form. Signatures and relevant documents (such as revised Participant Information Leaflets) should be supplied. Amendments deemed appropriate for Chair review will be expedited. Complex revisions may require an in-depth review process, or will be referred for full committee review.
Please DO NOT email the Chair - ONLY forms submitted to email@example.com will be considered.
Only those applications that have been FULLY APPROVED can be amended.
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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 493757
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 contac the Internal Audit and Risk Management Office, or 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)