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The Research Ethics Service (RES) is one of our core functions and is committed to enabling and supporting ethical research in the NHS. It protects the rights, safety, dignity and wellbeing of research participants.

We have a duty to provide an efficient and robust ethics review service that maximises UK competitiveness for health research and maximises the return from investment in the UK, while protecting participants and researchers.

The Research Ethics Service consists of: 

We have a dual mission to protect the rights, safety, dignity and well-being of research participants and to facilitate and promote ethical research that is of potential benefit to participants, science and society. 

    We do this by: 

    • providing robust, proportionate and responsive ethical review of research through Research Ethics Committees (RECs)
    • providing ethical guidance to RECs
    • providing and delivering a managed structure to support RECs
    • delivering a quality assurance (QA) framework
    • delivering a training programme 
    • working with colleagues across the UK to maintain a UK-wide framework for ethical review
    • working with colleagues in the wider regulatory environment to streamline the processes for approving research
    • promoting and supporting transparency in research. 

    Development of the Research Ethics Service 

    Some of the considerable advances achieved are: 

    Providing feedback on your experience of our services

    We always welcome feedback from users on the services that we offer. If you would like to tell us about your experience of our services then please complete our online feedback form

    More information about this form and how we use the information that is gathered is provided in the ‘quality assurance’ section of our site.

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