Research Ethics Committee

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About the Committee

The Irish College of GPs Research Ethics Committee was granted formal recognition on 17 May 2005. It reviews both clinical and non-clinical trials. Dr Aileen Barrett is the Interim Chair of the Committee.

The Research Ethics Committee has adopted the following two basic statements as a guide:

  • Any study proposed that cannot answer the question posed is unethical.
  • All research on human beings carries the possibility of harm. The level of risk, which is acceptable, depends upon the importance of the question being addressed.

The Ethics Committee is constituted according to the International Conference on Harmonisation/Good Clinical Practice (ICH GCP) guidelines & the Clinical Trials Act 1987 (amended 1990). This Ethics Committee operates to the standards laid down in the ICH GCP guidelines published 1997 and implemented January 1998.


  • Applications are accepted on a first come first served basis. Review at next REC meeting is not guaranteed.
  • Only fully completed online submissions will be included on the meeting agenda. It is the responsibility of the submitting PI to ensure applications are complete.
  • One online submission must be received by the deadline. *Please note: The requirement for a hard copy is not required, however, an electronic signature/scanned copy of signatory page is mandatory.
  • Completed applications must be submitted online no later than 5pm on the last day for submissions. Applications which arrive after 5pm on the deadline date WILL NOT (under any circumstances) be put forward for review at the next meeting. They will be held over until the next deadline date. 

Administrator emailresearch@icgp.ie

2024 REC Dates

Application Deadline
04 January  01 February Closed
08 March 11 April Closed
10 May 06 June Closed
08 August 05 September Availability 
27 September 17 October Availability 
01 November 28 November Availability 

*Please note, a maximum number of applications applies to each meeting

Join the 2024 Research Ethics Committee

Expressions of Interest to join the 2024 Irish College of GPs Research Ethics Committee (REC) are welcomed from those with and without prior research ethics committee experience. This is an exciting opportunity to enable health research while ensuring that the research is strengthened by the highest ethics standards. As a member of the Irish College of GPs REC you will be providing oversight and guidance to research studies being conducted in general practice.

Please read the additional information (PDF, 725KB). Further queries and expressions of interest should be submitted to research@icgp.ie

Standard Operating Procedures of the Research Ethics Committee


To ensure that the content of the study documentation is relevant and accurate, the submissions are prepared and progressed in a consistent manner, and they are subject to appropriate ethical review and approval procedures.


The Irish College of General Practitioners Ethics Committee will safeguard the rights, safety and well-being of all study/trial subjects. Special attention will be paid to studies/trials that may include vulnerable subjects. The Committee will ensure that studies and clinical trials are conducted in accordance with the ethical principles that have their origin in the Declaration of Helsinki and are consistent with GCP, the Clinical Trials Acts 87/90, the European Communities (Clinical Trials on Medicinal Products for Human Use) Regulations 2004, and the Irish Data Protection Act 2018 (Section 36(2)) (Health Research) Regulations 2018.