What the Committee expects from you
You should be ready to clarify any ethical issues the REC may raise with you.
It would be helpful for you to have a copy of your study documents with you.
You will not need to take notes as the REC co-ordinator
will take minutes, which will form part of the decision letter sent to
If your study forms part of an academic qualification
then it would be advisable to bring your academic or clinical supervisor
with you. This gives the REC the opportunity to clarify any points
directly with your supervisor.
After the meeting
The REC’s decision will be notified to you in writing
within 10 working days after the meeting.
The letter will contain details of any revisions and
clarification the REC requires and sometimes the REC may make some
suggestions about your research.
If you have any queries or wish to discuss the content
of your letter, you should contact the REC co-ordinator or the named
person in your decision letter. Your response to that letter would
normally be dealt with by the REC chair by way of delegated power (or a
A REC is required to give an ethical opinion on an
application within 60 calendar days of the receipt of a valid
Where the REC considers that further information is
required in order to give an opinion, it may make one request in
writing for further information. The period of 60 days will be suspended
pending receipt of this information.