Clinical Research Ethics Committee



COVID-19 Applications

A dedicated  National Research Committee (NREC) COVID19 will review all COVID-19-related studies that fall under the definition of health research as set out in the Health Research Regulations 2018  in SI 314 of 2018 (SI 314) – which means that it will consider across  the full spectrum of human health research including basic research, translational research, clinical research, diagnostics and treatment, population health research,  social research, health services research and applied health policy research. Any applications that meet these criteria should be directed to the NREC COVID19.

THE NREC COVID 19 have developed an FAQ which they hope will be helpful in answering some of the questions you or your colleagues may have -

Please note If you have already submitted your application to the CREC, you are not obliged to withdraw it. This is down to the discretion of the applicant and the local REC in question. The answer is likely to differ on a case by case basis depending on when the CREC can review your proposal and/or whether you need a HRCDC or HPRA review. You may choose to let it proceed with the local REC if it can accommodate an expedited review or you may decide to send to the NREC-COVID-19 to ensure an expedited review and co-ordination with other bodies. The important thing is that you don’t send it to both.

CREC - Clinical Research Ethics Committee of the Cork Teaching Hospitals


The Clinical Research Ethics Committee can be contacted by email at

Information on making submissions and application manuals can be obtained by emailing Please note that information from other sources may not be in line with CREC policies.

Application Forms

Application forms can be obtained by emailing


Completed applications must arrive at the Clinical Research Ethics Committee office before or at the latest 4.30pm on the last day for submission.

Note: Applications that arrive after 4.30pm on the deadline date WILL NOT (under any circumstances) be put forward for review at the next meeting. They will be held over until the next deadline date.

5th November - 10th December Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Tuesday, January 14, 2020
10th December - 14th January Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Tuesday, February 11, 2020
14th January - 11th February Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Tuesday, March 10, 2020
11th February - 10th March Tuesday, March 10, 2020 Tuesday, April 7, 2020
10th March - 7th April Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Tuesday, May 5, 2020
7th April - 12th May Tuesday, May 12, 2020 Tuesday, June 16, 2020
12th May - 9th June Tuesday, June 9, 2020 Tuesday, July 7, 2020
9th June - 14th July Tuesday, July 14, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020
14th July - 11th August Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Tuesday, September 8, 2020
11th August - 15th September Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Tuesday, October 20, 2020
15th September – 20th October Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Tuesday, November 10, 2020
20th October - 3rd November Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Tuesday, December 8, 2020
3rd November - 8th December Tuesday, December 8, 2020 Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Clinical Research Ethics Committee

Clinical Research Ethics Committee Of the Cork Teaching Hospitals, Lancaster Hall 6 Little Hanover Street, Cork