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Isle of Man Research Ethics Committee (IOMREC)


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 

IOMREC meetings & membership 

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   

NameMembershipCategory of membership*Appointment date
Robert Frize Chair Lay + Apr-23
TBC Vice-Chair TBC TBC
Rich Sille Member Expert Oct-21
Karen Duffy Member Lay + Oct-21
Marie Weale Member Lay + Oct-21
Adam Dempsey Member Lay Oct-21
Shelley Flowers Member Lay + Oct-21
Brian Faragher Member Expert Jul-23
Julie Hotchkiss Member Expert Jul-23
Lee Derbyshire Member Expert Jul-23
Dhekra AlNaqeb Member Expert Jul-23
Karen Beirne Member Expert Jul-23
Gemma Donnelly Member Lay Jul-23

*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

How to submit a research proposal to the IOMREC for approval 

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.

Timetable for submission of research proposals for IOMREC review 

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 ApprovalIOMREC 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

IOMREC annual reports and governance documents

Isle of Man Research Ethics Committee (IOMREC) Annual report coverIsle of Man Research Ethics Committee (IOMREC) Annual Report 2022

This report provides a breakdown of activities undertaken by the IOMREC during meetings held in 2022.

Governance for the Isle of Man Research Ethics Committee document coverGovernance for the Isle of Man Research Ethics Committee

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

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