Some research projects are conducted jointly between two or more institutions – these may be subject to more than one set of ethics approval procedures. Firstly, establish whether each institution requires its own ethics approval or whether it is prepared to accept approval given by another. If ethical approval is required from more than one institution, leave adequate time to apply to each institution and be prepared to harmonise comments from each ethics review into your finalised research protocol and supporting documents.
Where the University of Oxford is the lead institution, ethical approval from CUREC must be obtained. Compliance with CUREC policy should be prioritised in addition to accommodating the requirements of partner organisations (should multiple approvals be required). Where the University is not the lead institution, the researchers from the University of Oxford should supply to the relevant CUREC subcommittee details of the ethical application and approval notice from the lead institution, along with a CUREC 1 or CUREC 1A checklist or a CUREC 2 form (for research that raises complex ethical issues). This will then be reviewed to ensure that the approval already obtained is in accordance with the University’s policy requirements.
For joint projects falling within OxTREC’s remit:
Where the University of Oxford is the lead institution, ethical approval from CUREC (OxTREC) must be obtained. Where the University is not the lead institution, the researchers from the University of Oxford should contact the OxTREC Secretariat for further advice.
Please note that any ethical approval provided by OxTREC is subject to receiving ethical approval from the relevant local (in country) ethics committee(s). The approval notice from the relevant local ethics committee(s) should be supplied to OxTREC.