Policy responsibility for the Research Ethics Services in each part of the United Kingdom is as follows:
Together, the RECs recognised by the above bodies form the UK Health Departments’ Research Ethics Service. All RECs in the Research Ethics Service have adopted the Standard Operating Procedures issued by NRES.
All applications to RECs in the Research Ethics Service are made using the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS).
Except where research involves adults unable to consent for themselves in both England / Wales and Scotland, only one ethical review is required for any research study in the UK.