Become a Member

Deadline for submissions of Expressions of Interest: midday 11th January 2021

The Minister for Health will establish National Research Ethics Committees (NRECs) to act in the public interest for two key areas of health research:  Clinical Trials of Medicinal Products and Clinical Investigations of Medical Devices. Could you help strengthen Irish health research by being an NREC Member?

Ethics review is an essential component of regulating health research to ensure that the safety, dignity and well-being of research participants is protected. It is important that national decisions on the ethics underpinning Irish health research are informed by the diversity of skills, experience, interests and backgrounds reflective of contemporary Irish society. The National Office is now seeking Expressions of Interest from interested individuals so we can make a selection for consideration for appointment to the NRECs by the Minister for Health.

‘Being a member of an NREC is an opportunity to work collaboratively with a diversity of people towards a shared national goal – to strengthen Irish research’

Professor Mary Horgan, President of Royal College of Physicians of Ireland & Chair of NREC COVID-19

We encourage interest from those with expertise in, but not limited to, biomedical research, clinical trials, epidemiology, genetics, health psychology, medical devices, medicolegal practice, public health, and statistics. Individuals with prior research ethics committee experience are welcome to apply, although experience is not essential. Experiential knowledge, in addition to professional knowledge, valuably informs the process of research ethics review. We therefore particularly invite Expressions of Interest from those who may be, or have been, patients, parents, carers or involved in patient organisations or feel they have an informed life experience or perspective to bring to bear for health research in Ireland.

Reasons to join an NREC

  • Contribute to protecting the safety, dignity and well-being of research participants
  • Make a difference at a national level
  • Gain insight into forefront health research
  • Enhance your professional & personal development

NREC Members will have an interest in:

  • Health research / research ethics
  • Developments in healthcare
  • Protecting patients and the public
  • Commitment to a role in public service

NREC Members will have an ability to:

  • Work as part of a team
  • Understand complex issues to the extent required to form and voice an opinion
  • Be objective in considering issues and weighing-up conflicting opinions

Individuals interested in the roles of Chair or Deputy Chair will have relevant experience at an appropriately senior level and knowledge of the Irish health research environment as it relates to the remit of the NREC.

This is an exciting and rare opportunity to contribute to Irish health research. For more information on what’s involved in being an NREC Member and how to apply, please download the Expression of Interest call document below:

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