The National Office for Research Ethics Committees is an independent office with a statutory function in research ethics. The establishment of the National Office is an important component of the reform of the research ethics committee framework in Ireland led by the Department of Health. We will drive and support the reforms by embedding a robust, transparent and cohesive research ethics review system that strengthens the national research infrastructure.
In partnership with the other regulators of health research, we are developing a roadmap of transition to a national system of research ethics review for regulated remits, including clinical trials of medicinal products and clinical investigations of medical devices. We are working closely with local research ethics committees to ensure this transition is as seamless as possible for researchers and research-performing organisations. As a major change to the research environment, this transition will require shared coordination, cooperation and momentum. The National Office team will be engaging shortly with other key stakeholders to communicate our plans to deliver a national system of research ethics review in 2021.
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