There are different types of NHS Research Ethics Committees (RECs) across the UK, reviewing different kinds of studies.
The list below sets out different types of research proposals and where they need to be booked:
Medical device study
Audit or service evaluation
Involves adults lacking capacity to consent
(that is, research falling under the Mental Capacity Act or Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act)
Involves prisoners / young offenders or other research undertaken in prisons in England and Wales
Phase 1 CTIMPs in healthy volunteers only
- Single or multi-domain
- Directly to an NHS REC or Independent Ethics Committee with type 1 recognition. The Central Allocation System can identify the first available agenda slot in the UK for all NHS RECs that are recognised to review Phase 1 CTIMPs in healthy volunteers. CAS will also take bookings for NHS Phase 1 CTIMPs in healthy volunteers if requested.
Gene therapy or stem cell clinical trials
Establishing a research tissue bank
Establishing a research database
Research funded by US Department of Health and Human Sciences
Research not listed above