Research Ethics Committees (HSC RECs) at the Office for Research Ethics Committees Northern Ireland (ORECNI)

Do you want to make a difference? Is the protection of the rights, safety and dignity of patients who are research subjects important to you? Are you interested in research which benefits patients and service users? If so, then we would welcome your involvement and support in the ORECNI service at BSO.

An HSC REC consists of a Chair, Vice-Chair and up to 16 committee members. At least one third of the membership must be lay, the remainder being experts with a clinical, social care or research background. A diverse range of research studies are reviewed by committee including commercial and non-commercial clinical trials as well other research involving patients/service users, and use of their tissue and data.

The Business Services Organisation (BSO) seeks to appoint to full membership:

  • At least 2 lay persons (a lay member generally is a person who is not from the health or allied health care professions. On this occasion there is a need for lay people who have never worked in the HSC or NHS)
  • 2 experts (Persons from a wide range of health, health care and allied health care professions; persons with experience in clinical pharmacology or registered pharmacists; persons with professional qualifications or experience relating to the conduct of or use of statistics in clinical trials; persons with professional experience in social work or social care or psychology and scientists).

The BSO also seeks to appoint Deputy Lay or Deputy Expert members from the range of backgrounds described above.

These are voluntary roles subject to reimbursement of reasonable expenses. Training will be given which counts towards professional CPD credits.

To discuss the role of a research ethics committee member please telephone Jane Keenan, Tamla Meredith or Katrina Greer (HSC REC Managers) on Tel: 028 9536 1400.

Should you wish to apply to be a member of the HSC Research Ethics Committees, please complete the self-nomination form available at Return it by email to by 4pm Monday 22nd January 2018.

Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday 6th February 2018. Nominees invited for interview will be eligible for reimbursement of reasonable travelling expenses. A waiting list may be compiled.

Guidance notes on completion of the form and a probity and conflicts booklet are also available on
Although these appointments do not come within the remit of the Commissioner for Public Appointments, they are being made using a process which takes into account the Commissioner’s Code of Practice.
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