Become a Member

The National Office is responsible for establishing and supporting National Research Ethics Committees (NRECs) that provide ethical oversight of regulated areas of research, namely:

  • Clinical trials for investigational medicinal products for human use (NREC-CT A, B, C & D)
  • Clinical investigations of medical devices (NREC-MD)
  • Performance studies of in vitro diagnostics (NREC-MD)

Ethics review is a vital component of regulating health research to ensure that the safety, dignity, and well-being of research participants is safeguarded. It is essential that national ethics opinions are informed by the range of skills, experience, interests, and backgrounds reflective of Irish society.

Being a member of NREC is an exciting opportunity  to support Irish health research at a national level, to gain insight into forefront health developments, and to ensure that Irish research is strengthened by the highest ethics standards.



We now welcome Expressions of Interest. As the NRECs evolve, we will seek to appoint new members to the Committees as any vacancies arise. We are also looking for ad hoc reviewers who may assist the NRECs as subject matter experts as needed.

To find out more and to apply, please download and complete the Expression of Interest form and send it to

If you are interested in membership, but not currently available for appointment, please note it in the Expression of Interest form.

Please direct all queries to

We look forward to hearing from you.

The National Office team

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