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Research Ethics

The Research Ethics Committee (REC) of St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG) is a recognised Ethics Committee, tasked with the review and consideration of clinical trials nationally, and research projects which are proposed to take place in any one of the group hospitals. In addition, the REC will consider and provide ethical opinion for research studies for Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross; Blackrock Hospice and St. Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown.

This Committee operates and is constituted in compliance with the European Communities (Clinical Trials on Medicinal Products for Human Use) Regulations 2004 & ICH GCP guidelines.

Studies requiring Ethics approval must be submitted by email and by way of advance application to the REC.

Please see below Ethics Committee meeting schedule for 2024.

7th February 8th December – 18th January
6th March 12th January – 16th February
3rd April 16th February – 15th March
1st May 18th March – 12th April
5th June 22nd April – 10th May
July Committee Break
7th August 3rd June – 21st June
4th September 15th July – 12th August
2nd October 3rd August – 6th September
6th November 20th September – 11th October
4th December 14th October – 15th November

Research Study documentation suite:

It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator to ensure their study is compliant with all applicable legislation.  All approved study documentation must be retained by the Principal Investigator/ Study Team for review and audit purposes.

For the further information please see below Key Roles in the Governance and Management of Health Research from HSE.

Key Roles in the Governance and Management of Health Research – HSE | Research & Development (

All Studies requiring Ethical approval must be submitted by email only.

Contact Details

Research Ethics Committee Department: