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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 2023.

1st February 9th December – 6th January
8th March Application Window Closed
12th April 17th February – 10th March
3rd May 17th March – 14th April
7th June 21st April – 12th May
July Committee Break
2nd August 1st June – 23rd June
6th September 14th July – 11th August
4th October 3rd August – 24th August
8th November 22nd September – 13th October
6th December 20th October – 10th November

Research Study documentation suite: * denotes mandatory document

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.

Due to the high value of all Studies requiring Ethics approval must be submitted by email only, by way of advance application to the REC.

Contact Details

Research Ethics Department:

Research Ethics Committee:

  • Chairperson: Prof Carel Le Roux – Consultant Chemical Pathologist
  • Email: