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.
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 just 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.
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.
REC members are required to undertake research ethics related learning on an annual basis during their term of appointment. This could involve attending a face-to-face training day or completing e-learning but it could also involve undertaking independent self-directed learning. Visit our self-directed learning guidance, for some useful tips and resources to support you with self-directed learning such as independent reading.
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. Resource areas grouped by topic are available in our Learning Management System.
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.