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 21 February 2020, at 5pm.  Late applications will not be accepted. ‌‌ 

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.  Please DO NOT email the Chair - ONLY forms submitted to will be considered.

Only applications that have been FULLY APPROVED can be amended.

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