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All research has ethical implications, whether it involves, humans, animals or anonymised datasets.

Research Ethics Committees (or Ethical Review Boards) help researchers consider and prepare for ethical issues that their research might raise.  The main way Research Ethics Committees do this is by reviewing a researcher’s ethics application for their project. 

Research Ethics Committee approval of an ethics application is usually a requirement in order to conduct the research project.

Which ethics committees to apply to for research and service evaluations

There are different Research Ethics Committees to review different research projects. This table (Word) will help you figure out which committees would be relevant for research conducted with St George’s.

­­­Which Ethics Committees to Apply to for Research and Service Evaluations¹Researcher

St George’s University London (Students)

St George’s University London (Staff)

St George’s Hospital Trust (Staff)

Other Organisation (including Kingston University)

Participant or Data

St George’s University London (Students)

SGREC

SGREC

SGREC

Other Organisation’s Process + SGREC

St George’s University London (Staff)

SGREC

SGREC

SGREC

Other Organisation’s Process + SGREC

St George’s University London (Animals²)

AWERB

AWERB

AWERB

Other Organisation’s Process + AWERB

St George’s Hospital Trust / Other NHS Site (Staff)

SGREC + HRA

SGREC + HRA

HRA

Other Organisation’s Process + HRA

St George’s Hospital Trust / Other NHS Site (Patients)

HRA + NHS REC

HRA + NHS REC

HRA + NHS REC

Other Organisation’s Process +HRA + NHS REC

Other Organisation (including Kingston University)

SGREC + Other Organisation’s Process ³

SGREC + Other Organisation’s Process ³

HRA  + Other Organisation’s Process

-

No Participants/ Publicly Available Anonymous Data Only

SGREC

SGREC

HRA

-

¹ Service Evaluations are processed the same as Research. Clinical Audits are not reviewed by SGREC (St Georges Research Ethics Committee) and can be registered with Adam Lewarne (Clinical Audit Manager). Use this online decision tool to determine whether activity is Research, Service Evaluation or Clinical Audit.

² Any research requiring animals for whatever purpose, requires submission to AWERB (Animal Welfare Ethical Review Body), please contact the Biological Research Facility for help.

³ SGREC not required if being reviewed by nationally recognised research ethics committee (usually NHS REC, but would include Ministry Of Defence REC).

Please note that if your research falls into more than one category, (eg involving animals and patients) then you may need additional approvals.  Please contact the Research Ethics and Integrity Officer for help.

If your research project requires ethical review

If your research project requires review by St George’s Research Ethics Committee (SGREC), please see the following page.

If you are unable to view this page please email the Research Ethics and Integrity Officer.

The Concordat to Support Research Integrity

SGREC is part of St George’s commitment to comply with the Concordat to Support Research Integrity (PDF).

 

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