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Revised Governance Arrangements for Research Ethics Committees implemented

Revised Governance Arrangements for Research Ethics Committees implemented

18 September 2018

Revised Governance Arrangements for Research Ethics Committees have been implemented by the Health Research Authority and the UK health departments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales 

The updated policy document replaces the 2011 version from 17 September 2018, and the majority of changes have been made to take account of legal, policy and operational developments in the intervening time. 

In addition, following public consultation by the Human Tissue Authority, research involving human DNA extracted from acellular material, which previously did not require REC review, is now included in GAfREC for the first time. 

Organisations who still have questions about how the new arrangements will affect them should contact hra.queries@nhs.net.