Research Ethics Committee

The Research Ethics Committee (REC) in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS) reviews applications to undertake research in St Patrick’s University Hospital, St Patrick’s, Lucan and the Dean Clinics.



The committee's remit is to protect the safety and welfare of researchers and research participants, and primarily to weigh the risks and benefits of individual research projects.

Health Research Regulations 2018 

Health Research Regulations 2018 

With the introduction of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, as well as the Health Research Regulations in August 2018, it is imperative that all researchers and their teams become familiar with their legal obligations in advance of any research project. Therefore, before starting to complete the application form and accompanying documents below, please review the following information.

Watch this webinar produced by the Health Research Board for health researchers. You can also visit the Health Research Board website for GDPR guidance for health researchers.

If you have any queries regarding GDPR in relation to your research, please direct these to the Data Protection Officer

Submit an application

Submit an application

To submit an application for review, please complete the following documents and submit them by email to the REC administrator, whose details are at the bottom of this page:

The hospital policy for completing DPIAs is here for your reference.

Applications submitted in any other format will not be accepted.

To ensure there are no delays in your study, we recommend that you consult this guidance manual when completing your application. In addition, if your study requires participants, whether they be staff or service users, please consult these guidance notes on creating a participant information sheet and a separate consent form.

All applicants who receive research approval from the REC are required to complete an annual report on their research. If their research is terminated or completed, an end-of-study report should be completed. These should be submitted to the REC administrator.

Standard Operating Procedures



All queries in relation to Research Ethics matters can be directed to James Braddock, REC Administrator, St Patrick’s University Hospital, James’s Street, Dublin 8.

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