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Ethics Approvals (Human Participants) Sub-Committee

Additional Information

Generic Protocols 

The establishment of Generic Protocols is intended to allow named investigators to use the same set of procedures/techniques involving human participants as part of a number of different research projects, without needing to submit a full Research Proposal Application Form to the Sub-Committee on each occasion.  Generic Protocols are for procedures/techniques involving human participants that are used on a regular basis, and which form all or part of subsequent research projects or taught modules. 

An Ethical Clearance Checklist should be completed for each study involving the procedure/technique.  The Generic Protocol number should be quoted in the space provided to obtain approval.

The procedure for the initial approval of generic protocols is similar to that used for research proposals, but there is a different form that must be completed and submitted to the Sub-Committee - the Generic Protocol Application Form. This form should not be used for one-off research projects.

If you have selected answers on the Ethical Clearance Checklist marked # - If you, or one of the investigators on your project, are using a procedure covered by a Generic Protocol, please ensure the relevant individuals are on the list of approved investigators for that Generic Protocol.  If this is the case you should quote the Generic Protocol number on the Checklist. If you, or the individual using the procedure, are not a named investigator a full Research Proposal should be submitted to the Sub-Committee.

List of Approved Generic Protocols (as at March 2018)‌  

The above list of approved Generic Protocols will be updated regularly.  Please notify the Secretary of any errors or omissions.

Each approved generic protocol is reviewed, and updated as necessary, every three years. An archive of approved generic protocols is available on request. Please contact the Sub-Committee Secretary if you wish to obtain a copy of an approved Generic Protocol.

Completed amendment forms should be submitted to the Sub-Committee Secretary. 



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