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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.

The Health Research Authority`s decision toolhelp you decide whether or not your study is research as defined by the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research.

Which ethics committees to apply to for research and service evaluations

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

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Which ethics committees to apply to
­­­Which Ethics Committees to Apply to Researcher

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 (Animals¹)

AWERB

AWERB

AWERB

Other Organisation’s Process + AWERB

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

Recruited through NHS

SGREC + HRA

SGREC + HRA

SGREC + HRA

Other Organisation’s Process + SGREC + HRA

Participants

Not recruited through NHS

 SGREC  SGREC

SGREC 

 -

St George’s Hospital Trust / Other NHS Site (Patients)²

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 

SGREC + Other Organisation’s Process 

SGREC + HRA  + Other Organisation’s Process

-

 Clinical Audits and Service Evaluations³

 SGREC

 SGREC

Register with clinical audit team in relevant Trust. For St George’s this is Adam Lewarne Adam.Lewarne@stgeorges.nhs.uk

 

¹ Any research requiring animals for whatever purpose, requires submission to AWERB (Animal Welfare Ethical Review Body), please contact brfinfo@sgul.ac.uk for help.

² SGREC not required if being reviewed by nationally recognised research ethics committee (usually NHS REC, but would include Ministry Of Defence REC).

³ Ethical approval is not required but a SAFE and protocol should be submitted to the SGREC for review and registration. 

All joint faculty students with degrees awarded by Kingston University should submit applications for a favourable ethical opinion using Kingston University Research ethics Online System KUREOS

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 Standard Operating Procedure (PDF) and 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

St George`s, University London is a signatory to the Concordat to Support Research Integrity which provides a national framework for good research conduct and governance.

Research integrity is about conducting research in a way that allows the public to have trust and confidence in our research outputs.

Code of Practice for Research

This Code of Practice for Research at St George's University of London (SGUL) defines the policies and requirements in relation to research integrity, to ensure that research is conducted to the highest standards. All students at the university, members of staff employed by SGUL, and other researchers using University facilities or with University honorary contracts are expected to work to the requirements set out in this Code of Practice.

SGUL is strongly committed to excellence in research and has embedded the commitments set out in The Concordat to Support Research Integrity 2019. SGUL believes that research integrity is fundamental to good quality research and the University has the policies, processes, governance procedures and the culture to advance and ensure research integrity across SGUL.

The Code of Practice covers the following areas:
I. Responsible research practice
1. Research Integrity and Culture
2. Professional Development
3. Funding
4. Research Data
5. Publications and Open Access
6. Research Dissemination
7. Research Assessment
8. Intellectual Property
9. Conflicts of Interest
10. Research Ethics Review
II. Dealing with allegations of research misconduct

Please see the whole policy.

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