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Applying for Ethics

Ethical Review Decision Making Tool

The table below provides guidance to researchers on the specific ethics committees particular studies should be submitted to.

The generation of empirical data involving human participants who are not NHS patients Yes Yes No No No No
NHS Patients and/or their identifiable data No No No Yes No No
Research limited to the use of anonymous NHS patient data
Yes No No No No No
NHS staff by virtue of their professional role Yes No No No No No
Research limited to use of or access to a care organisation's/NHS premises or facilities Yes No No No No No
Audit and Evaluation projects involving NHS Patients and or their data, NHS Staff, premises or Facilities Yes Yes No No No No
Use of Non-Human IN VIVO procedures and / or CBS facilities No No Yes No No No
Human Samples No No No Yes No No
Medical Devices No No No Yes No No
Ministry of Defence personnel No No No No No Yes
Adults Lacking Capacity No No No Yes Yes No
Relevant REC to apply to BSREC  HSSREC AWERB NHS REC via IRAS SCREC MOD REC

All studies taking place in the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Science (excluding Psychology) that involve human participants, their tissue and/or their data (including those being conducted by staff and students/supervisors) that do not require NHS Research Ethics Committee approval are required to obtain Biomedical and Scientific Research Ethics Committee (BSREC) approval before the research can be undertaken. Research undertaken in the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Social Science and the Department of Psychology should submit their ethics approval to Humanities and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee (HSSREC).