Impartial ethics review is designed to maintain the highest ethical standards of practice in research, to protect participants in research and research workers from harm or exploitation, to preserve participants’ rights, including the right to privacy, and to provide reassurance to the public that these standards are being met.

These standard operating procedures will support the NREC COVID-19 and the Office for National Research Ethics Committees in their delivery of an independent, comprehensive ethics review of COVID-19 research studies, which will serve investigators and the public alike.