Clinical Research Ethics Committee



Clinical Research Ethics Committee of the Cork Teaching Hospitals (CREC)

Due to changes in legislation and the introduction of the National Research Ethics Committee (NREC) the process for submitting new applications to the CREC has changed.

Studies involving an IMP, a medical device or ionizing radiation must be submitted to the NREC.  Details for submission of applications to the NREC are available on

Low-Interventional trials must be submitted to the NREC.

Definition of low-intervention trials
CTR. Article 2(3)
(a)  the investigational medicinal products, excluding placebos, are authorised;

(b)  according to the protocol of the clinical trial, 
(i) the investigational medicinal products are used in accordance with the terms of the marketing authorisation; or 
(ii)  the use of the investigational medicinal products is evidence-based and supported by published scientific evidence on the safety and efficacy of those investigational medicinal products in any of the Member States concerned; and 

(c)  the additional diagnostic or monitoring procedures do not pose more than minimal additional risk or burden to the safety of the subjects compared to normal clinical practice in any Member State concerned;

As the delineation between interventional and low-interventional trials may not always be clear, both the NREC Office and Health Products Regulatory Authority will be happy to  assist sponsors identify this for their own research activity.

Research studies being carried out in University College Cork, Cork University Hospital, Cork University Maternity Hospital, University Hospital Kerry, Mercy University Hospital, South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital, Bantry General Hospital, Mallow General Hospital, Lourdes Orthopaedic Hospital Kilcreene, Mater Private Hospital Cork, Whitfield Hospital Waterford, Bon Secours Hospitals Cork and Kerry or within the HSE CHO area 4 i.e. County Kerry and Cork City and County can be submitted to the CREC.  If your study involves sites both within and also outside of these areas and hospitals, you will be required to apply to multiple RECs for approval.


Dates are set each month (submission periods) during which time applications can be submitted for review at the next meeting of the Committee. Applications can only be submitted during a submission period if there are application slots available. The number of slots available is determined by the CREC each month. Applications are accepted on a first come first served basis. As applications are received during the submission periods, the number of slots will reduce until there are no further slots available. Please note that application slots could run out before the end of the submission period and therefore we would encourage you to get your application in early to avoid rejection. 

Meeting dates, submission periods and the number of slots available are listed in the table below.

Applications received when the number of slots available is zero will be returned without review.

Regardless of the nature of your research, there are 4 documents which must be included with your submission:

1.      Signed Application Form
2.      CV for Chief Investigator
3.      Proof of Insurance (see submission manual for details)
4.      Signed Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) or Proof of Approval from the Data Protection Officer for the sites(not required if explicit consent is being sought from study participants).

NB: Submission of these documents is mandatory.  Failure to include them in your application will result in non-acceptance of the submission and you will not be permitted to re-apply during the current submission period.  Your slot will be given to the next applicant.

Details on further submission requirements and application forms are included in the submission manual which is available by emailing

Amendment applications or revisions requested by the committee can be submitted as per the CREC submission manual.

Applications for new studies can be submitted between 10.00am on the first day of the submission period and 4:30pm on the last day of the submission period, if there are slots available.


1. Read webpage content fully
2. Email for submission manual 
3. Read submission manual 
4. Complete application form 
5. Complete study documents
6. Sign application form
7. Check CREC webpage for slot availability immediately before submission
8. If there are slots available during the submission period, email application to

  2022 & 2023  
01/03/2022 - 22/03/2022 Tuesday, April 5, 2022  
12/4/2022 - 03/05/2022 Tuesday, May 17, 2022  
24/05/2022 - 14/06/2022 Tuesday, June 28, 2022  
05/07/2022 - 26/07/2022 Tuesday, August 9, 2022                       
16/08/2022 - 06/09/2022 Tuesday, September 20, 2022                        
27/09/2022 - 18/10/2022 Tuesday, November 1, 2022                    
08/11/2022 - 29/11/2022 Tuesday, December 13, 2022                         
10/01/2023 - 31/01/2023 Tuesday, February 14, 2023                               
21/02/2023 - 14/03/2023 Tuesday, March 28, 2023                                  
04/04/2023 - 25/04/2023 Tuesday, May 9, 2023                                
16/05/2023 - 06/06/2023 Tuesday, June 20,2023                                0
27/06/2023 - 18/07/2023 Tuesday, August 1, 2023  
08/08/2023 - 29/08/2023 Tuesday, September 12, 2023  
19/09/2023 - 10/10/2023 Tuesday, October 24, 2023  
31/10/2023 - 21/11/2023 Tuesday, December 5, 2023  

Clinical Research Ethics Committee

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