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.