Optimising research ethics review: Combining regulatory support and ethics consultation to enhance efficiency of university research ethics review

Nicole Robyn Palmer


A significant factor in REC efficiency has been identified as the quality of administrative and regulatory support for researchers making applications to research ethics committees.  Incomplete or poorly completed applications can result in significant delays for researchers.  Evidence shows that good quality support for applicants prior to submission can facilitate efficient and expeditious review by improving the quality of applications.  UK universities are urged to provide adequate resources to support provision of regulatory support and ethics consultancy services to researchers.  In turn, this can reduce delays to research, and help ensure that research supported by universities is good quality and safeguards human research participants


Research ethics review; regulatory support; research ethics consultation; research administration

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