R&D Permission at NHS sites
The review of site-specific issues is no longer
undertaken by the main REC or by any local RECs.
It is now the
responsibility of the NHS R&D Office and is integrated into the
normal research governance review required for all research conducted in
or through the NHS.
The favourable opinion from the main REC is given on
condition that permission is given by the R&D Office.
SSA at non-NHS sites
This is the responsibility of the REC system.
The REC undertaking the SSA is known as the 'SSA REC'
and may be either the main REC or an appropriate local REC. (Designated
SSA RECs may be appointed for specialist research units outside the
For more information see the document below, in
particular Annex 1:
The SSA REC has 14 days (for a Phase 1 trial) or 25 days
(for other studies) from receipt of a valid application to notify the
main REC of the decision.