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National Office webinar: learnings, insights and next steps

We are delighted to invite all stakeholders, and those with an interest in the broader health and social care research ethics landscape to join us online for a morning of reflection and discussion. We will be discussing the work of the National Office and the National Research Ethics Committees (NRECs), including emerging trends in research …

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Video: NRECs and the National Office at a glance

What is a National Research Ethics Committee (NREC)? What is their role in the Irish research system? And how does the National Office support their work? Our new animated video provides a short introduction to the work of the NRECs and the National Office – take a look!

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NREC-MD expands remit to include review of in vitro medical devices

As the new EU In Vitro Medical Devices Regulation comes into effect on 26 May following a five-year transition period, the National Office for Research Ethics Committees is pleased to announce that the National Research Ethics Committee for Medical Devices (NREC-MD) will now expand its remit to review applications seeking ethical approval for performance studies …

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How NRECs support safe, successful clinical trials

As the health research community celebrates International Clinical Trials Day this week, it’s the perfect opportunity to look at the role of research ethics committees (RECs) in supporting safe and successful clinical trials – with a particular eye to Ireland’s own National Research Ethics Committees for Clinical Trials (NREC-CTs). What is the role of RECs …

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Status of assessment of clinical trial substantial amendments

Applicants should note that the NREC-CT is experiencing a very high number of substantial amendment submissions. Your patience is appreciated while the National Office team and the committees work at capacity to process these. Please note the team cannot correspond on the status of individual submissions. Our parent department, the Department of Health is fully …

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NREC members: working to protect research participants and facilitate ethical research

Ireland has three National Research Ethics Committees (NRECs) in the areas of clinical trials and medical devices. Each NREC comprises volunteer members who give their time to help pave the way for new treatment options and medical innovations for Irish patients who need them most in the areas. Committee members come from all walks of …

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