The aim of proportionate review is for studies which present minimal risk or burden for participants to be reviewed by a proportionate review sub-committee within 14 days of receipt of a valid application.
Applications for proportionate review:
The latest version of the IRAS application form will generate section A6-3 for applications which potentially might be suitable for PRS. Where the applicant considers their research to present material ethical issues, they may request that it be considered for full REC review instead. Please use the guidance and tools below to aid your decision. Staff who book in applications will be able to assist you with choosing the correct review process for your application. For an application to be potentially suitable for proportionate review, it should fit one of the categories listed in the No Material Ethical Issues Tool (NMEIT).
Proportionate review submission:
Applicants with studies suitable for proportionate review should contact the Proportionate Review Allocation System on 0161 625 7704
. The line is open to speak with an operator between 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00 Monday to Friday.
At all other times a message can be left and you will be called back. You can also contact the PR booking team by e-mail email@example.com
We advise that you only call this line once you are ready to book your application and once all of the necessary signatures are in place. If you would like general advice on whether your study is suitable for Proportionate Review, please refer to the FAQ and No Material Ethical Issues
tool, linked to above or contact your local NRES Centre.
The staff booking the application in will ask the applicant a number of questions to ensure it is suitable for proportionate review before arranging for the study to be considered at the next available proportionate review sub-committee meeting in the country which is where an application should be submitted to. Researchers are not required to attend proportionate review sub-committee meetings.