Ethics review process
Applications judged as posing few risks to participants can expect to receive decision within 10 working days of submission to the SREO. The application will receive one of the following decisions in Sussex Direct:
- Approved: No amendments to the application form or study documentation required.
- Returned for Revision: Studies which are either Conditionally Approved and require relatively minor amendments to the application and/or study documentation or, Provisionally Approved and require more substantial amendments to the application and/or study documentation.
- Not Approved: For studies which are ethically unsound or submitted in error.
The applicant will be informed via email of the outcome of review (to their University of Sussex email address). They will receive a summary of the feedback and an itemised list of changes required for approval as well as those recommended for the enhancement of the study.
How long does the review process take until approval?
The procedure is designed to be as prompt as possible while maintaining high standards. However, the timeframe for approval will depend on the quality of the submission. On average, the process can take 2-4 weeks for full review and approval.