Office for National Research Ethics Committees

Expedited ethical review of COVID-19-related health research

The National Research Ethics Committee for COVID-19-related research is managed by the newly established Office for National Research Ethics Committees.

All applications should be submitted to

All queries relating to the NREC COVID-19 application process and ethical review should be directed to

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Additional contacts

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.