The University of Sussex is committed to promoting and upholding the highest quality academic and ethical standards in all its activities. The University's research governance and ethics policies and procedures recognise the importance of addressing ethical matters, while supporting the achievement of its collective research objectives.
All primary research involving human subjects, animals and human tissue and data, or which raises ethical issues (such as potential risk of harm to participants and/or researchers, or information and/or data that might identify individuals for example) will require some form of ethics review. The specific ethics review process will depend upon the nature of your project.
The BSMS Research Governance and Ethics Committee (RGEC) is responsible for reviewing applications from BSMS staff and students conducting non-clinical health related research involving healthy volunteers. Applications to RGEC are submitted via the online ethics review application system in Sussex Direct
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Clinical research involving NHS patients, their data or tissue, service users, or staff requires University Sponsorship and application to the Health Research Authority (HRA) for HRA Approval. Detailed advice and guidance on applying to the HRA can be found on the HRA website.
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If human tissue is to be collected, processed and/or stored, 'Working with human tissue' offers guidance on how to proceed.
In all instances, it is a fundamental principle that the process of ethics review should be careful and rigorous but at all times transparent, proportionate and supportive. Ethics review should support researchers of all levels to develop excellent research and ethical research practice.