I have ethical clearance but have not yet begun data collection. I will amend my recruitment plan to recruit and interact remotely.
Unless the changes to the way you interact with participants constitutes a substantial change to the project, you will not need to submit an amendment request. Simply update your recruitment documents to detail how you will remotely interact and then proceed.
I have started data collection and will now change to remote participant interaction.
Unless the changes to the way you interact with participants constitutes a substantial change to the project, you will not need to submit an amendment request. Update your recruitment documents to detail how you will interact and use this version going forward. Any already active participants must be informed of the change and be provided with a copy of the updated participant information sheet. It is important that you make it clear to participants that if they no longer wish to participate owing to this change, or for any other reason, they are free to withdraw.
An expedited review process will be considered for any new research studies relating to COVID-19, where there are proven public health grounds to commence. In order for such a study to gain approval to proceed with face-to-face participant interactions and for the ethical review to be expedited the Principal Investigator must provide the following information:
Researchers should send the answers to these questions to GUEP (email@example.com) or NICR (firstname.lastname@example.org) for consideration. Please make it clear in the email subject line that this is a new study relating to COVID-19.
Please contact Rachel Beaton, University of Stirling Research Integrity and Governance Manager.