Research Ethics Committees

Research Ethics

There are two levels of Research Ethics Committees in the Institute, at Faculty/Department level and at Institute level (IREC).

All staff and students of IT Sligo are required to plan and conduct their research investigations in accordance with appropriate ethical standards. Staff should ensure that they have knowledge of any relevant disciplinary guidelines on research ethics and that any empirical research has the required approval by the Research Ethics Committees.

All potential applicants should be familiar with the Research Ethics Policy and the related Research Ethics Procedure.

The function of each of the Research Ethics Committees is to safeguard the health, welfare and rights of human participants and researchers in research studies. For any research proposal to gain ethical approval it must be necessary and of a design that minimises predictable risk to both the research participant and the researcher.

The Research Ethics Committees aspires to provide comprehensive and independent reviews of the ethics of proposed studies, acting in accordance with good ethical practice as dictated by relevant EU Directives, National legislation and practice guidelines. If the proposed research involves patients (i.e. people who are receiving treatment as a result of an illness) the applicant should seek confirmation of the need to submit their application to the relevant hospital’s Research Ethics Committees.

Where to apply?

Applicants should consider which research ethics committee that their application needs to be considered at by reviewing the flowchart below.  The IREC only reviews applications from staff research projects and post graduate research students and those applications which the Schools Research Ethics Committees feel require further consideration by the IREC. The IREC does NOT consider applications from taught Masters Students or undergraduate students.​

How to apply?

Applications to Faculty/Department Research Ethics Committee:

Please liaise with your lecturer/ supervisor to ascertain the process for applying to your School/ Department research ethics committee.

Applications to Institute Research Ethics Committee:

As part of the online application process, Applicants are requested to upload one electronic copy of the Self Declaration Form and associated appendages (as part of the online application process) by the deadline date.

In addition a  copy of the signature page (download signature page template) for the Self Declaration form needs to be downloaded, signed and uploaded as part of the online application process.

Please see below dates for the academic year 2021

Complete online application to the Research Ethics Committee

Applications will not be processed without the signature page. Signatures must be original.

In cases where other research ethics committees have reviewed the application, copies of their responses must be uploaded as part of the application process.

As soon as feasible after the closing date for receipt of applications, the application will be allocated an IREC reference number. This number will be sent to the principal investigator to acknowledge receipt of the application. This number should be quoted on any further correspondence between the IREC and the principal investigator.

IREC Committee meeting & Submission dates Academic Year 2020-2021

IREC committee meeting datesDate for receipt of applications
October 7th 2020September 23rd 2020
November 26th 2020November 12th 2020
February  9th 2021January 26th 2021
May 4th 2021April 20th 2021

Helpful links/ documents


National and international guidance documents


Animal / Genetic research


Data Protection


Vulnerable groups