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The Medical Sciences Interdivisional Research Ethics Committee (MS IDREC) is one of CUREC’s three subcommittees. It is responsible for reviewing the ethics of applications for University research involving healthy human participants and/or personal data that is either submitted by a researcher within one of the Medical Sciences or MPLS Divisions, or involves a medical intervention (where the research does not require review by the National Health Service ethics review service or by the Oxford Tropical Research Ethics Committee).
Please note that meetings are for review of policies and procedures rather than the ethical review of research studies. Applications for ethical approval are generally reviewed via email communication so there are no deadlines for receipt of applications.
The committee is constituted in accordance with the University regulations on CUREC subcommittees (Part 13 of Council Regulations 15 of 2002). These regulations, in conjunction with the standing orders of the Medical Sciences IDREC, detail the remit of the committee, its responsibilities, obligations for quorum, and requirements (for the committee and researchers) for record keeping and audit.
The committee includes members from a range of academic and non-academic disciplines. Some members are internal to the University and have academic positions. Of the academic members, some are 'research active' but others are not currently involved in research with human participants or personal data. The committee also has external members who bring valuable expertise and perspectives from non-academic and non-educational sectors. In this way it is hoped the members together reflect the interests of researchers, participants and third parties. Appointed members serve for four years and are re-eligible. For full details of committee membership requirements, see Part 13.8 of the Council Regulations.
Please note: any queries about the committee should be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org and not to individual members.
Secretary: Dr Helen Barnby-Porritt
The MS IDREC delegates review of straightforward applications using the CUREC 1 form to the IDREC Secretariat where appropriate. The full committee reviews all other applications. See the MS IDREC application process page for further information about the application process.