The majority of the projects reviewed by the Research Ethics Committees are ususally hosted in the UK a few are hosted abroad. The Principal Investigator must always be employed by Imperial College London. Low-level projects without high risks can be reviewed by the RGI team, any high-risk projects must be reviewed by full Committee these include but are not limited to:

  • Research which is invasive
  • Research where the subject matter is sensitive
  • Research which includes prisoners and young offenders
  • Research which involves individuals in an overtly dependent situation (people in care)
  • Research which takes place overseas, these may also require local ethical approval (local approval is necessary but not sufficient on its own)
  • Research which involves vulnerable groups; children or adults who are unable to consent, the mentally ill and individuals with learning difficulties

The research ethics risk checklist [Word] will help determine whether your study is considered low risk (eligible for fast track approval) or high risk (for full committee review).


Find out more about our two key committees: