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How to Apply for a Research Ethics Review

AREC Full Reviews:

HREC Full Reviews:

  • Note the submission deadline dates for the monthly review meetings - submit early;
  • Download and complete the current HREC Application Form for a full ethics review here which is also available from UCD Infohub/SISWeb; and
  • Download the MANDATORY HREC Support Documents Template. This should include some or all of these: 
    • participant information leaflets
    • consent forms, and assent forms (if applicable)
    • interview schedule/questions
    • focus group topic guides
    • questionnaires
    • and any other relevant material that you are presenting to the participant;
  • Upload these documents as part of your online submission via SISweb/Infohub -  submissions received by email will not be accepted;
  • Please ensure that you have discussed your submission with your supervisor (if applicable) and that they have provided an endorsement - either a pdf letter or an email sent directly to (opens in a new window)hrec@ucd.ie

Further information about HREC Support Documents here. Please also see the HREC Submissions Checklist

The Committee will not consider applications without the relevant supporting documents.

HREC Low-Risk Study Reviews:

  • Download and complete the current form here and where possible have your supervisor submit  the form by email to (opens in a new window)research.ethics@ucd.ie
  • If your low risk study submission is based on your having full ethical approval from a hospital REC then you will need to include a copy that of that approval with your submission.

INSURANCE FOR HUMAN RESEARCH STUDIES:  The HREC no longer processes insurance.  For information on insurance researchers/applicants should refer to the SIRC Office. Every applicant must ensure that the appropriate insurance cover is in place for their research. This can be done via the use of the mandatory self-assessment checklist which can be found at the link above.

TAUGHT MASTERS/MSc/UNDERGRADUATE REVIEWS (Human Research only):  If you are a postgraduate Masters/MSc/Undergraduate student please check here to see if your school has a taught masters REC (TMREC) or undergraduate REC (UREC).   If yes, follow the guidelines provided by your school on how to submit to them.

Contact UCD Office of Research Ethics

UCD Research, Tierney Building, Belfield, Dublin 4.
E: research.ethics@ucd.ie