Process overview

In this streamlined approach, the ethics review process will occur in parallel with the the HPRA and the HRCDC review process. The ethical review application is also inclusive of an expedited review for seeking a Consent Declaration from the Health Research Consent Declaration Committee (HRCDC), if required.

Should a study include a clinical trial of an investigational medicinal product (CTIMP), or a clinical investigation of a medical device, an application should also be submitted to the HPRA ( or  for review.

Should your study require a consent declaration, please get in contact with the Secretariat of the Health Research Consent Declaration Committee secretariat at, and/or visit for pre-submission advice.

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Please contact the National Office for Research Ethics Committees if you have any questions or queries about the process of ethical review –