Research Ethics Committee Members

This section contains reference information for the volunteers who are members of Research Ethics Committees (RECs). The HRA  operates other committees, including the Confidentiality Advisory Group (CAG) and the Gene Therapy Advisory Committee (GTAC).

The HRA’s Research Ethics Service (RES) in England is responsible for RECs, which safeguard the rights, safety, dignity and well-being of people participating in research in the National Health Service. There are several different types of REC.

Each year the membership of NHS RECs review around 6,000 research applications across the UK.

On average an opinion is given in less than 40 days: well within the maximum allowance of 60 days. Follow the link for our current performance.

Please follow the link to find out more about becoming a REC member.

Guidance and policy for members: ethical review

What is expected from the research ethics committees that review research proposals

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REC Membership: HRA policy and information

Members are selected and operate in the context of a number of HRA policies.

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REC Chairs and Vice Chairs: HRA policy and information

In addition to policies regarding general membership of NRES RECs, there are specific documents relating to REC Chairs and Vice Chairs.

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REC Members’ training

Members are required to undertake training and the HRA seeks to support its members in this.

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Details on types of REC, how they are constituted and their governance arrangements.

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Member feedback

Feedback may be given to your REC manager or any member of NRES management.

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