Guidance for Applicants

To all our research ethics customers:

There are some changes to the way in which you book your study to a Health and Social Care Research Ethics Committee meeting (HSC REC) and submit your application and supporting documentation.

From Monday 19 May 2014, all applications and supporting documentation will be submitted electronically via IRAS and all studies should be booked by telephone to the HSC REC meetings via a new Central Booking telephone number 02071048000.

Studies which are Phase 1 Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (Phase 1 CTIMPS) involving healthy volunteers may still be booked by phoning the ORECNI staff on Telephone Number: 028 9536 1400.

Please continue to phone the ORECNI staff if you have any questions or queries about the process of ethical review, our experienced staff are still here to help all our customers.

Yours sincerely

Dr Siobhan McGrath

(Head of the Office for Research Ethics Committees Northern Ireland)

For information on the research ethics application process, submitting an application for ethical review and access to forms required following ethical approval such as substantial amendment forms, annual progress report forms, end of study declarations, please use the link below:


Health Research Authority

This will redirect you to the Health Research Authority (HRA) website. Ethics applications to an HSC REC require use of the HRA forms and processes.

This site also contains guidance documents, and FAQ and Glossary which may be useful. A mechanism for providing feedback is also available.

Please continue to call the staff at ORECNI for general assistance.


New Applications

An applicant intending to submit an application for ethical review should first go through the appropriate research governance procedures in the HSC Trust(s) or University, obtain evidence of sponsorship, complete the online application form, and then contact ORECNI, in order to seek advice on the correct allocation of the application.