Applying for ethical approval for research in the United Kingdom

A Smajdor, M R Sydes, L Gelling, M Wilkinson

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This article offers practical advice on how to expedite the ethical review process. Applying for ethical review in the United Kingdom can be time consuming and burdensome for researchers.1 2 3 The process can often be made easier by implementing relatively minor changes in the early stages of drawing up the application. In this article we discuss the practicalities of preparing an application for ethical review, and the process by which decisions are made. We offer advice on how to avoid common problems when applying to a research ethics committee and provide information on the integrated research application system, launched in January 2008.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberb4013
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2009


  • Biomedical Research
  • Ethical Review
  • Ethics Committees, Research
  • Great Britain
  • Professional Role

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