NHS, Invasive or Clinical Research (NICR)

The committee considers any health/patient research requiring approval by NHS Research Ethics Committee and/or taking place with NHS staff, patients or on NHS premises; any health/patient research taking place in health service settings in other countries; and for all research involving physically invasive procedures or intrusive interventions on human participants. 

Research requiring approval from NICR includes, but not restricted to:

  • ALL research involving NHS patients, NHS staff or taking place in NHS sites which requires NHS R&D approval
  • Research in health service settings in other countries
  • Clinical investigation or another study of a medicinal product or medical device
  • Studies working with human tissue samples (or other human biological samples) or research tissue bank;
  • Basic science study involving procedures with human participants:
    • Imaging investigations (MRI, ultrasound etc.) 
    • Physical examinations (blood pressure, Pulse, Respiratory rate etc.)
    • Physical tests. (EEG, ECG, EMG etc.)
    • Computer tests where there are potential health consequences e.g. dementia, sleep apnoea, depression tests
    • Filming or photography (as part of a health research study or in a health setting/context)
    • Sample-taking
    • Questionnaires, surveys or interviews/focus groups with sensitive questions with implications for health (e.g. depression, mental health, etc.)

If none of the above applies, health research requires approval from the General University Ethics Panel (GUEP) – please refer to the GUEP guidelines.

If you are looking to progress with the NICR Committee, please refer to the following:

General enquiries for the NICR Committee should be submitted to nicr@stir.ac.uk

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