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REC member learning resources

Last updated on 19 Mar 2018

Our Research Ethics Committee (REC) members are required to undertake training and we support our members with this.

Our highly experienced training team provide an extensive programme of training specifically for REC members – visit our dedicated ‘training days’ area to find out when the next session is taking place near you.

Induction for new REC members

Our one-hour online induction for newly appointment REC members has been designed to support and help enhance knowledge and awareness of RECs. 

If you have been recently appointed as a REC member we encourage you to complete the online induction training as soon as possible, ideally after you have received your appointment letter.  

You will also be asked to attend a face-to-face induction session during your first six months.

Refresher courses for existing members

Existing REC members are welcome to attend one of our induction sessions, which can also count towards your annual training requirement.

Equality, Diversity and Human Rights

This course is for REC members who need to complete Equality and Diversity training within the first 12 months of their appointment and again during the first 12 months of re-appointment after five years’ service.

Self-directed learning

REC members are required to attend a minimum of one training day (five hours) per year. Visit our self-directed learning guidance, for some useful tips and resources to support you with self-directed learning.

For maximum flexibility we offer a number of online courses and self-directed learning opportunities, but also we ask that where possible, REC members attend training days in person because of the additional benefits it provides for networking with members from other parts of the country.

To meet the minimum requirement for training, your learning must be linked to the work of the REC and relate to either issues of ethical principles or legislation relevant to ethical review. If you are looking to take part in a learning session but are in any doubt about the suitability of the course, please speak to your REC Manager.


All REC members in England only are entitled to a free NHS Athens Account to access bibliographic databases and electronic journals such as The Lancet, British Medical Journal, and the Journal of Medical Ethics. Each REC Centre has a dedicated Athens administrator. 

If you would like an NHS Athens account please ask your REC Manager for details.

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