For information about Research Ethics please refer to this website.
The WIMM DI holds examples of patient consent forms, patient information sheets and the course notes for the RSC course “Writing a successful ethics application”. From time to time courses on writing and submitting research ethics applications are run in Oxford. Information about these courses is circulated electronically.
Central University Research Ethics Committee
For details of the work covered by the Central University Research Ethics Committee please go to
If your research uses samples from overseas then you may need to apply to OxTREC. OxTREC is the Oxford Tropical Research Ethics Committee.
Criteria for submission to OxTREC
If a research project involves human participants wholly outside the European Union it should be submitted to OxTREC for ethical review if it meets any of the following criteria:
- The research involves a medical, therapeutic, or pharmaceutical intervention of any kind
- The participants are recruited by virtue of being under the care of a healthcare professional
- The research may identify conditions which require the attention of a healthcare professional
- The research involves an invasive procedure (Type A in the CUREC glossary)
The study is funded by the US National Institutes of Health or another US federal funding agency, and the study has not been or cannot be reviewed by an NRES committee which has been registered with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), even if performed within the EU.