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Research Ethics

Research Ethics

Guiding principles

The HRB observes policies on use of human subjects and use of animals. The role of ethical committees is detailed and guideline documents on ethical principles in research are available in this section.

Link to the WMA Declaration of Helsinki HERE

Genetic Research and Human Biological Samples (PDF)

Policy concerning research on human subjects or materials

Where necessary, written proof of ethical approval must be obtained before funding for successful applications will be approved by the HRB.

Where ethical approval is not required for work at the beginning of a project, funding will be approved on the condition that the grant holder will obtain ethical approval before it is required. The grant holder must produce written confirmation that proper approval will be obtained. This will allow for initial funding to go to the host institution. Any further instalments are subject to the same condition as outlined above.

Researchers should ensure the confidentiality of personal information relating to the participants in research, and that the research fulfils any legal requirements such as those of the Data Protection Act 1988

Joint European Funding Principles for Research Involving Animals

The HRB are part of a European effort to use best practice for research involving animals. To that end, we have joined a European Statement on the Funding Principles for Research Involving Animals.

Policy concerning use of animals in research

The HRB policy is informed by the European Convention for the Protection of Vertebrate Animals used for Experimental and other Scientific Purposes and animal experimentation is controlled by the Cruelty to Animals Act (1876) as amended by SI 566/2002 to comply with the EU Directive 86/609/EEC. 

Researchers should consider, at an early stage in the design of any research involving animals, the opportunities for reduction, replacement and refinement of animal involvement (the three Rs).

Where necessary, written proof of ethical approval and an animal licence must be obtained before funding for successful applications will be approved by the HRB.

Where ethical approval and an animal licence are not required for work at the beginning of a project, funding will be approved on the condition that the grant holder will obtain documentation before it is required. The grant holder must produce written confirmation that a licence and proper approval will be obtained. This will allow for initial funding to go to the host institution. Any further instalments are subject to the same condition as outlined above.

         Research using animals: The role of ethics committees

         Research using animals: Maximum HRB allowable costs

 

 

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