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School Research Ethics Committee

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Research involving human participants, human material and/or human data is subject to formal ethical review and approval before such work can be started.

Our Research and Ethics Committee is responsible for granting ethical approval for non-clinical research involving human participants, material or data. This applies to:

  • all PhD and Professional Doctorate student projects
  • members of staff undertaking research not requiring HRA ethical approval
  • masters students (excluding MSc Advanced Practice)
  • members of staff undertaking research not requiring HRA ethical approval.

The Committee will also oversee the administration of undergraduate research projects.

Download the Procedures for the School of Healthcare Sciences Research Ethics Committee.

Application process

To apply for ethical approval you will need to complete this application form and submit to hcareethics@cardiff.ac.uk.


The following documents are available to help you prepare your application:

Guidance on what to include in your research protocol can be found on Learning Central.


A copy of your application form is forwarded to a Lead Reviewer for comments. The Lead Reviewer then completes the Lead Reviewers' form and returns this to hcareethics@cardiff.ac.uk.

Submission and meeting dates

Meetings take place on a monthly basis but applications must be submitted three weeks prior to the meeting date in order to allow time for them to be reviewed.

Application submitted byMeeting date
Tuesday 21 January 2020Tuesday 11 February 2020
Tuesday 18 February 2020Tuesday 10 March 2020
Tuesday 17 March 2020Tuesday 7 April 2020
Tuesday 21 April 2020Tuesday 12 May 2020
Tuesday 19 May 2020Tuesday 9 June 2020
Tuesday 16 June 2020Tuesday 7 July 2020
Tuesday 7 July 2020Tuesday 28 July 2020

Committee decision

Application and Lead Reviewer comments are considered by the Committee and a decision is communicated to the applicant within 5 working days of the date of the meeting .

Committee recommendations can include:

  • pass with amendments - amendments to be forwarded to Chair and Lead Reviewer for final decision
  • pass proceed with supervisor collaboration - applicant to confirm to Committee Chair minor amendments have been addressed
  • resubmit to relevant Committee once amendments addressed
  • decline - applicant to consider a new or altered project with a new application submitted to a relevant committee.

Research can only commence for projects when ethical approval has been granted.

Ethical approval

Information regarding ethical approval for clinical research involving human participants, material and/or data can be accessed via the NHS Health Research Authority


For further information please contact:

Healthcare Sciences Ethics Committee