Approved procedures

CUREC approved procedures allow you to apply for ethical review using the process for lower-risk research (completing a CUREC 1 or CUREC 1A checklist instead of a full CUREC 2 application form).

Approved procedures for specialised research areas:

  • assess risk, permitting lower-risk projects to proceed 'under CUREC approved procedures'
  • set standards of good research practice.

How to use CUREC approved procedures

  • download the current version of the procedure from this page (note that documents are subject to ongoing review)
  • check all sections of the procedure carefully to ensure that it is suitable for your intended research
  • cite only one procedure (but see ‘Further information’ below)
  • use the procedure-specific participant information sheet, consent form, and other templates
  • reference the correct procedure ID in your application

When using any CUREC approved procedure, it is also your responsibility to comply with current government guidelines on infection control.


In order to stay within the CUREC 1 or CUREC 1A frame, you can generally only apply one approved procedure to the research, but there are exceptions. If you intend to follow two or more approved procedures, that do not explicitly state they may be combined with another, please consult the relevant IDREC Secretariat to determine whether a CUREC 2 form needs to be completed.

If you know that you need to complete a CUREC 2, you should still check the approved procedures to see if any guidance within these is applicable to your research

If there is no template information sheet or consent form associated with the approved procedure, we recommend you use the generic template participant information sheet and consent form.

Current approved procedures

In some circumstances variations to these procedures can be accepted, but please contact us to discuss this.
For studies involving children or adults at risk, please also refer to the University's Code of Practice on Safeguarding.

Participants at risk

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For studies using a negative mood induction procedure with both healthy individuals and individuals with a history of depression. 


Procedure 02 and its associated documents are for studies where standardised questionnaires on sensitive and/or medical topics are applied in research visits or utilised to recruit a specific set of participants. 


Procedure 4 was replaced with Procedure 02 in February 2020. 


Procedure 9 was replaced with Procedure 02 in February 2020. 


Procedure 26 is for research on adult prisoners using non-invasive methods in certain UK prisons. Procedure 26 may be cited in applications to both the Social Sciences and Humanities, and Medical Sciences IDRECs.


Scans, recordings or other non-invasive tests (adults)

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Procedure 3 and its associated participant information sheet above are for studies involving electrophysiological recordings (EEG) from the scalp in adult volunteers.

Children (including in schools), teachers


Procedure 25 and its associated documents above are for research on children using non-invasive methods in institutional or non-institutional settings. It may be used in conjunction with an opt-out form for research fulfilling certain conditions, as detailed in the procedure. Procedure 25 may be cited in applications to both the Social Sciences and Humanities, and Medical Sciences IDRECs. 

Scans, recordings or other non-invasive tests (children)

Other procedures

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Low-risk research undertaken by an undergraduate student whose research is eligible for review by the SSH IDREC or a DREC may apply for expedited review under Approved Procedure 06.
This procedure cannot be used by students whose research is eligible for review either by the Medical Sciences Interdivisional Research Ethics Committee (MS IDREC) or by the Oxford Tropical Research Ethics Committee (OxTREC).



AP24 and associated documents are for studies involving the taking of urine, saliva, stool and/or venous blood samples from healthy adult volunteers.