Isle of Man Research Ethics Committee (IOMREC)
- IOMREC meetings & membership
- How to submit a research proposal to the IOMREC for approval
- Timetable for submission of research proposals for IOMREC review
- IOMREC annual reports and governance documents
The Isle of Man Research Ethics Committee (IOMREC) provides independent advice to Public Health, Cabinet Office on the extent to which proposals for research studies comply with recognised ethical standards.
The purpose of the IOMREC is to review proposed health and social care research applications which are deemed to require ethical review, in order to protect the dignity, rights, safety and wellbeing of all actual or potential research participants.
Following consideration of each research application, the IOMREC provides a ‘Favourable’ or an ‘Unfavourable’ opinion on the extent to which the research proposals comply with ethical standards.
The Research Governance and Regulation Team (Public Health) is available to provide advice and guidance to researchers from pre-application stage through to IOMREC review, in order to ensure that the process is as efficient and effective as possible. Send email
The IOMREC has up to 12 members, comprising of Expert and Lay Members, all of whom are volunteers. Members are appointed for a period of 5 years and meetings are held up to 10 times a year. There are currently 10 members of the IOMREC as set out below.
Table: IOMREC membership details
|Name||Membership||Category of membership*||Appointment date|
|Robert Frize||Chair||Lay +||Apr-23|
|Karen Duffy||Member||Lay +||Oct-21|
|Marie Weale||Member||Lay +||Oct-21|
|Shelley Flowers||Member||Lay +||Oct-21|
*Category of IOMREC membership
- Expert: Is currently registered as a defined health care professional; has relevant professional qualifications or experience, or has previously been a registered medical practitioner or dentist
- Lay: Is not an expert member but has previously been registered as a defined health care professional or has previously been involved in defined health / social care activities
- Lay +: Is not an expert member and does not fall into the category of Lay member
There are a number of key stages (1-6) in the application process, from submitting a research proposal to receiving approval. Please see the Research, Governance & Regulation (RGR) website for the full application process.
Meetings of the IOMREC scheduled in 2023 are set out below. If a research application is to be reviewed by the IOMREC (i.e. Stage 5) then sufficient time must be built into the researcher’s timetable in advance of submission dates, to allow the preceding Stages 1 to 4 to be completed.
Stages 1-4 can take approximately 12 weeks. This timeframe may be more or less, depending on the nature and content of the proposal and the amount of additional work, if any, required from the researcher before the application can be submitted to the IOMREC.
Therefore, it is suggested applications are submitted through the Integrated Ethics Portal (IEP) 6 weeks before the target IOMREC meeting. This should allow sufficient time for RGR review and time for the committee members to review the application prior to the meeting.
|Suggested deadline for research proposal submission for RGR and IOMREC Approval||IOMREC Meeting Dates|
|Tuesday 29 November 2022||Tuesday 10 January 2023|
|Tuesday 27 December 2022||Tuesday 7 February 2023|
|Tuesday 24 January 2023||Tuesday 7 March 2023|
|Tuesday 21 February 2023||Tuesday 4 April 2023|
|Tuesday 21 March 2023||Tuesday 2 May 2023|
|Tuesday 2 May 2023||Tuesday 13 June 2023|
|Tuesday 30 June 2023||Tuesday11 July 2023|
|No August meeting||No August meeting|
|Tuesday 25 July 2023||Tuesday 5 September 2023|
|Tuesday 22 August 2023||Tuesday 3 October 2023|
|Tuesday 26 September 2023||Tuesday 7 November 2023|
|Tuesday 24 October 2023||Tuesday 5 December 2023|
This report provides a breakdown of activities undertaken by the IOMREC during meetings held in 2022.
This document describes the governance arrangements for the Research Ethics Committee (REC) and is a policy document of Public Health within the Cabinet Office.
Reviewed: May 2023