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UCL Research Ethics Committee


Application Deadlines and Meeting Dates

Ethics applications can be submitted for (A) full committee review or for review by the (B) Chair of the Committee based on the criteria of minimal risk e.g. it is a research study not involving vulnerable groups, intrusive interventions [including MRI], sensitive topics and deception.

Deadlines have been provided below for submitting your data protection registration form in advance of the deadline for submitting your ethics application for full committee review for that month's meeting. .

Data Protection Registration Deadline (if required)Ethics Application DeadlineEthics Meeting Date
11 September 202025 September 202019 October 2020
23 October 20206 November 202023 November 2020
18 December 20206 January 202125 January 2021
22 January 20215 February 202122 February 2021
19 February 20215 March 202122 March 2021
5 March 202119 March 202119 April 2021
16 April 202130 April 202117 May 2021
21 May 20214 June 202121 June 2021
14 June 202128 June 202112 July 2021

Application Submission

All applications for ethics review must be submitted electronically. Your application will need to be submitted as a single pdf document which contains the electronic signatures of both the Principal Researcher and Head of Department and includes any supporting documentation, all in one file.

Data Protection Registration

If you are proposing to collect personal data i.e. data from which a living individual can be identified you must be registered with the UCL Data Protection Officer before you submit your ethics application for review. If the Data Protection Officer advises you to make changes to the way in which you propose to collect and store the data this should be reflected in your ethics application form.

You can register for Data Protection on the → UCL Legal Services website by downloading the ‘Research Registration Form’. The form should be completed and e-mailed to: data-protection@ucl.ac.uk. The Legal Services should be able to process your application within 10 days upon which time you will be issued with a Data Protection Registration Number.

Please quote your Data Protection registration number in the appropriate section of your application form as evidence that the project has been registered with the UCL Data Protection Office.

To Note: If the Data Protection registration process is taking longer than the advertised 10 days, please go ahead and submit your ethics application form marking the sections relating to Data Protection registration as ‘to follow’ or ‘registration in progress’ and supply the ethics team with your DP registration number (together with any changes the Data Protection Office advised you to make to the way in which you propose to store and collect your data for example) once it is available so that we can tie up that information with your ethics application. However, please note that data collection cannot commence until you have received both, Data Protection and ethical approval.

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