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 Health Research Authority (HRA)
  • 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
Lissue Industrial Estate West
5 Rathdown Walk
Moira Road
Lisburn BT28 2RF
(use google maps)

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.