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The School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Ethics Committee

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Ethics Committee (SoPPS REC) is a Level 1 committee, i.e. it may provide ethical approval for low risk research. Further information on the type of research that falls within the scope of this committee may be found in the guidance document.

Application process

Application form
Guidance document
Reporting procedures and forms

All potential applicants should first read Trinity College’s Policy on Good Research Practice and should check that the proposed research falls within the scope of the SoPPS REC, as outlined in the guidance document.
The application form should be downloaded and completed in full. Applicants should submit one hard copy (stapled as a single document) and one soft copy (application form and any appendices collated into a single electronic file, Word or pdf format only) of their application to:
Chair, School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Ethics Committee, Panoz Building, East End 4-5, Trinity College, Dublin 2; SRYDER@tcd.ie.
Applications will be rejected without further consideration if:

  • the form used is not the current version as posted on the website;
  • the application does not comprise one hard copy and one soft copy;
  • the cover sheet checklist in the application form is not completed;
  • any relevant participant information leaflets and/or consent forms are not submitted;
  • appropriate documentation referred to in the application is not submitted;
  • the lead investigator declaration in the application form is not completed in full;
  • in the case of student applicants, the research supervisor has not completed the requisite section;
  • the application is without the required signatures: research supervisor signature (applicable in student applications), applicant signature(s).

Review and decisions
A maximum of 20 applications will be reviewed in any calendar month. In the event that more than 20 applications are received in a given month, preference may be given to undergraduate and taught postgraduate applications over postgraduate research degree applications.
Review of applications will include consideration of the scientific justification for the study, the characteristics of research participants and their recruitment (including informed consent), the care and protection of research participants throughout the study, confidentiality and data protection.
The SoPPS REC decisions on Level 1 Applications are intended to be binding. However, should an applicant wish, he/she may submit a subsequent application to the Faculty Research Ethics Committee for separate review, disclosing the prior application to the SoPPS REC.
Notification of the committee’s decision will be by email to the address(es) supplied in the application form, in the first instance. Where ethical approval has been granted, a letter to this effect will follow.
Where an application requires revision prior to approval, the required changes will be communicated to the applicant (and supervisor if applicable) by email.  The complete documentation incorporating the required changes should be submitted by email to SRYDER@tcd.ie, ensuring that alterations are highlighted either by underlining the appropriate sections or by using the tracked changes facility in Word. Revised applications will be reviewed by members of the committee, who will confirm satisfactory completion of the specified alterations to the chairperson as appropriate. If the alterations are satisfactory a formal letter of approval will be issued.
Applicants should note that when they send revisions, their email will be placed in a queue and will be reviewed as soon as possible. Please note that the queue will not be reviewed on a daily basis.
Following approval, it is essential that the research undertaken is as described in the application. Any significant alteration requires approval from the SoPPS REC before implementation. Significant alterations include changes to personnel, study design/methodology (including recruitment methods and informed consent procedures), duration, participant information leaflets.

Reporting
Investigators will be required to provide annual and end of project reports to the SoPPS REC. Further information and report templates are provided here. The SoPPS REC must also be notified of the date when a project concludes, within 90 days of the conclusion date. The conclusion date is defined as the last data collection timepoint. If the project is terminated prematurely, the SoPPS REC must be informed of the reason(s) for premature termination.

Further information
For further information, please contact Asst. Prof. Sheila Ryder.
Email: sryder@tcd.ie
Tel: +353 1 896 2786


Last updated 15 November 2016 by School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences (Email).