Do I need NHS REC approval?

Welcome. Not all research conducted within the UK requires approval from an NHS Research Ethics Committee (REC). This decision tool will help you to determine if your study requires this type of approval.

At each stage of the decision tool you will be asked a series of questions. Read each question carefully and answer by selecting the YES or NO buttons.

This tool will not tell you whether you need any other regulatory approvals.

To help you with terminology, a GLOSSARY button is available at the bottom every page. All links to individual glossary items or other websites appear in blue text and open in a new window.

Post Market Surveillance is NOT usually considered research. However, there are some circumstances where an NHS REC approval may be required. See HRA guidance. Select YES below to determine if your post market surveillance requires NHS REC approval.

Firstly, is your study research?