Research Ethics Committee

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services' Research Ethics Committee reviews applications to undertake research in St Patrick’s University Hospital, St Patrick’s, Lucan and the Dean Clinics. Its 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 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, please review the following:

This is a webinar produced by the Health Research Board for health researchers

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 DPIA’s is here for your reference.

Any 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 Ethics Committee are required to complete an annual report on their research and/or a final report when the research is terminated or completed. The Research Progress Report form has been devised for this purpose.

Standard Operating Procedures



All queries in relation to Research Ethics matters can be directed to (contactable Monday to Wednesday only):

James Braddock
REC Administrator
St. Patrick’s University Hospital
James’s St
Dublin 8
Tel: 01 2493345

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