Structure, membership and operation of University research ethics committees
The Central University Research Ethics Committee (CUREC) is responsible for implementing the University’s policy on the ethical conduct of research involving human participants and personal data. This states that all such research should be subject to appropriate ethical review.
CUREC’s subcommittees are responsible for the review of researchers’ applications for ethical approval:
- MS IDREC (Medical Sciences Interdivisional Research Ethics Committee)
- OxTREC (Oxford Tropical Research Ethics Committee)
- SSH IDREC (Social Sciences and Humanities Interdivisional Research Ethics Committee)
- DRECs (departmental research ethics committees) have delegated authority from SSH IDREC
- See the Clinical trials and research governances pages for information on NHS research ethics committees
As a general rule, applicants should decide which committee to apply to, based firstly on the department from which they are applying and secondly on the predominant research methodology or research procedures. However, applicants from departments with a departmental research ethics committee (DREC) should always approach their DREC first.
Research with certain UK National Health Service (NHS) components requires review by the NHS Health Research Authority. Further advice about how to seek the necessary NHS review and approvals is available from the University's Research Governance, Ethics & Assurance Team.
For other University research within its scope, CUREC offers a proportionate ethical review process which reflects the level of risk perceived in a given project application.