The Research Ethics Committee is a national committee that is approved to receive and approve application proposals nationally. Monthly meetings are held with the exception of August. There is one quarter lay attendance and a quorum is required at each meeting.
Unfortunately due to the current meeting restrictions, we have to postpone the Research Ethics Committee meeting in March. This will be rescheduled at a more appropriate time & we update when this has been decided.
Generally, the applications are approved at each meeting; if not approved the Chairman will request clarification on a particular issue.
The Research Ethics Committee (REC) of The National Maternity Hospital will consider all clinical trials and research projects which are proposed to take place in the hospital. The Research Ethics Committee normally will hold eleven meetings per annum. Meetings are normally held on the first Monday of the month and all submissions must be received into the secretary two weeks prior to this in order to be reviewed by the committee at this meeting.
Please note secure email addresses should only be used for studies, hotmail & gmail accounts are not acceptable.
Please refrain from using staples when submitting paperwork. All items received should be bound by paper clip only.
All applications must have a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) conducted, see the form below.
The documentation listed below on the checklist must be completed and forwarded to the Research Ethics Committee before the application can be considered. Please ensure the consent form and patient information leaflet are on separate sheets, understandable and easy to read for non-medical individuals. It is always better for there to be only one consent form for the study to avoid confusion.
When the study has received ethical approval from the committee it should be noted that given the potential use of hospital resources / data, permission from the appropriate departments must also be sought within the hospital e.g. Pharmacy, Laboratory, Radiology before commencement of the study.
Applications and queries for the Research Ethics Committee can be sent to:
Research Ethics Committee,
The National Maternity Hospital,
Tel: (01) 637 3588