Social Care Research Ethics Committee

Transfer of Social Care REC to HRA – 1st of April 2015

From 1st of April 2015, the Social Care Research Ethics Committee (Social Care REC) is moving to the Health Research Authority (HRA).

Contact details as of 1st of April 2015:
Email: or telephone: 020 7972 2568

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Welcome to the Social Care Research Ethics Committee (REC)

This website will give you information about the Social Care REC, types of studies it reviews, how you can apply for research ethics review, and who to contact for further help.

The Social Care REC is a group of people appointed to review research proposals to assess formally if the research is ethical. This means the research must conform to recognised ethical standards which include respecting the dignity, rights, safety and wellbeing of the people who take part.

The Social Care REC reviews adult social care research study proposals, intergenerational studies involving adults and children or families, use of social care databases and some proposals for social science studies situated in the NHS from researchers based in England.