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This diagram shows the new future journey for ethics review proposed in our consultation.

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Diagram showing the proposed future journey

The proposed future journey would involve the following steps:

  • an applicant would complete the Think Ethics review tool
  • if their application meets certain criteria it would be forwarded for staff validation and a decision issued.
  • if their application does not meet certain criteria it would be referred to expert staff review or to a Research Ethics Committee.
  • if the application meets the requirements for staff review, it would be reviewed by an expert staff member using guidance/precedence.
  • if there were no issues outside of guidance/precedence, then a decision would be issued.
  • if there are issues outside of guidance/precedence, then the expert staff member would refer to a panel to consider the application.
  • if the panel agree they can make a decision, they will issue a decision.
  • if the panel cannot agree they will refer the application to a Research Ethics Committee.
  • a Research Ethics Committee will review the application and issue a decision to the applicant.
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