Mission Statement

To maintain a Research Ethics Service to protect the rights, dignity and welfare of research participants within the HSC System/NHS, and to protect the rights of researchers to perform ethical research and legitimate investigation.

  • To support the HSC RECs and link with the National Research Ethics Service (NRES)
  • Ensure the HSC RECS comply with governance arrangements as set out in the Northern Ireland Research Governance Framework, GAfREC and the UK Clinical Trials Regulation (2004)
  • Provide training and administrative support to the HSC RECs
  • Ensure all stakeholders understand arrangements
  • Develop and maintain effective working arrangements

Core Business Hours

The OREC NI office business hours for receipt of applications and taking telephone bookings for applications are as follows:

Monday - Thursday: 09.00 - 17.00
Friday: 09.00 - 16.00


Contact Details

Office for Research Ethics Committees Northern Ireland (ORECNI)

Business Services Organisation

Unit 5, Lissue Industrial Estate West

Rathdown Walk

Moira Road

Lisburn BT28 2RF (for Sat Nav use BT28 2RE)

General ORECNI Tel: 028 9536 1400

Alternatively you can email your query to:  info.orecni@hscni.net and we will respond as soon as possible.