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University Research Ethics Group

All research proposals have to be submitted to the Online Ethics Review System – to be assessed by UREG – if they are proposing to work with participants who are:

  • students;
  • the general public;
  • members of certain non-NHS support groups/charities;
  • from the researcher’s place of employment

and the type of research includes:

  • questionnaires;
  • interviews;
  • focus groups;
  • case studies;
  • observational studies;
  • ethnographic research;
  • overseas research;
  • human tissue samples imported from outside the UK;
  • human tissue samples collected from healthy volunteers;
  • secondary use of tissue samples previously collected with consent for research and the patients or service users are not identifiable to the research team;
  • human tissue samples held under the Human Tissue Authority licence.


Guidance for research ethics

For further guidance, read the frequently asked questions.

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