Information for ethics committee members

New members of the Central University Research Ethics Committee and the University's divisional and departmental research ethics committees are expected to familiarise themselves with the following related University policies and guidance. Existing members should revisit and review these documents periodically, to ensure that their knowledge remains up-to-date.

Further information about how the University promotes and supports research ethics and integrity more broadly is available on the research integrity pages.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Interdivisional Research Ethics Committee (SSH IDREC) aims to run termly networking meetings for departmental research ethics committees, which other ethics committee members are welcome to attend. For further information about future meetings, contact

There is also online introductory training about the ethics of research involving human participants available from our training pages.

External committee members – expressions of interest

Eight volunteer external members serve on the University of Oxford’s human research ethics committees. Two members serve on each of the Interdivisional Research Ethics Committees (IDREC) for Medical Sciences, and Social Sciences and Humanities and two on the Oxford Tropical Research Ethics Committee (OXTREC). These committees review the ethics of proposals for research involving human participants or personal data. Two serve on the University of Oxford Central University Research Ethics Committee, the committee with responsibility for implementing the University policy on the ethical conduct of research involving human participants and personal data. Each committee meets at least three times a year in Oxford (OxTREC meets six times a year) and reviews matters by correspondence between meetings.

If you are interested in receiving information about future vacancies, please email the Secretary of the Central University Research Ethics Committee (

Please note that there is only a modest budget for the expenses of external members attending meetings and therefore we are unable to cover the cost of travel from overseas.