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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 the below form and submit to hcareethics@cardiff.ac.uk

Application form

Research Ethics Application Form


The template Participant information sheet and Consent form are available on the staff and student intranets:


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 20 October 2020Tuesday 10 November 2020
Tuesday 17 November 2020Tuesday 8 December 2020
Tuesday 22 December 2020Tuesday 12 January 2021
Tuesday 19 January 2021Tuesday 9 February 2021
Tuesday 16 February 2021Tuesday 9 March 2021
Tuesday 16 March 2021Tuesday 6 April 2021
Tuesday 20 April 2021Tuesday May 2021
Tuesday 18 May 2021Tuesday 8 June 2021
Tuesday 15 June 2021Tuesday 6 July 2021
Tuesday 6 July 2021Tuesday 27 July 2021

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:

  • A favourable ethical opinion.
  • A favourable ethical opinion, subject to conditions specified by the committee or reviewers.
  • A provisional opinion subject to the committee receiving and reviewing further information.
  • An unfavourable opinion.

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