FHM Research Ethics Committee

The FHM Research Ethics Committee (FHMREC) oversees ethical review of proposed research that is not reviewed through research ethics mechanisms outside the University, such as the NHS Research Ethics Service.

A research project being conducted by FHM staff and/or postgraduate students should be submitted to the FHMREC for ethical review if it involves human participants (including secondary analysis of data gathered from humans) or other possible ethical risk factors, and is not being reviewed externally.  A link to the application flow chart outlining the steps of ethical review is available on the 'Documentation' tab of this page.

The aim of the committee is to ensure that ethical considerations and issues are addressed in the conduct of research . The committee seeks to support and encourage the process of ethically conducted research in FHM. The committee structure includes members from all of the FHM divisions providing diversity in perspectives and speciality knowledge. A link to the committee membership list is available on the right.

The Review Process

The FHMREC works in close collaboration with the University Research Ethics Committee (UREC) and the process is designed so that applications will undergo full review by only one committee in most cases.

For queries prior to submission of an application:

Guidance on application completion and resources about the conduct of ethical research will be added to this website in the coming months.

For questions about the logistics of the application process, please contact Diane Hopkins, at the FHM office.

For questions about ethical issues and application content, please contact the Secretary of the committee: Diane Hopkins


The following resource may be of interest to those thinking about international research: International Compilation of Human Research Standards