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Frequently asked questions

Can my research be published without ethical approval?

To publish any research findings in the UK you need to have sought approval from some kind of ethical body.

If my study involves the use of ionising radiation or participants who lack capacity can I apply for ethics review through the RGIT/ICREC/SETREC?

No. For UK studies which involve ionising radiation or the recruitment of participants who lack capacity you will need to go via the IRAS process. For more information about ethics review for ionising radiation and for more information on ethics review for participants who lack capacity.

Do I need to complete the Notice of Amendment Form if I have made a non-substantial amendment?

Yes, please complete a Notice of study amendment [Word] and submit this to the Ethics and Research Governance Coordinator.

How do I know if my study needs to be approved by the RGIT/ICREC /SETREC?

Take a look at our process map of Routes to ethics review (pdf) to see the routes to ethical approval for health-related research projects.

Can I obtain Imperial College ethics review if the intellectual property will not be owned by Imperial College?

No. To obtain Imperial College ethics review the College must own at least part of the IP. Please visit the Intellectual Property website for more information.

Must my application be signed off by my Head of Department?

Yes, this is to ensure that the HoD has approved of your research.

My research is being conducted on animals. Do I still need to gain approval from the ICREC/SETREC?

No, ICREC and SETREC do not consider animal-related research projects. Research involving animals can be reviewed by AWERB (Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body). Visit the Regulation and oversight of animal research for more infomation.

My study has already been approved but I have now decided to evaluate an additional aspect of research. Do I need to make a full new application?

No, but you should ensure that additional evaluations are formally acknowledged and accepted by the Committee by completing a Notice of study amendment [Word] and sending it to the Ethics and Research Governance Coordinator.

If you would like to ask a question that is not addressed on this page, please contact the Ethics and Research Governance Coordinator.

Do I need committee review when I want to recruit healthy Imperial College staff and students for the collection of tissue samples?

No. For studies where the only research being undertaken at Imperial is tissue collection (e.g. collecting biopsies, blood only), ethics review may be obtained from the Tissue Bank, who have been delegated authority from the Research Ethics Committee (REC) to approve this type of project. SOP for consenting healthy volunteers.

Who can I contact if I have a query regarding the application form?

Please contact the Ethics and Research Governance Coordinator to discuss your queries.

My study involves genetically modified materials, is there additional paperwork to complete?