Research Ethics Committee

The Research Ethics Committee at St. Francis Hospice was set up in 2002 in line with the guidelines under the Clinical Trials Act. The purpose of this Research Ethics Committee is to evaluate from an ethical viewpoint any planned research at St. Francis Hospice.

Topics for research may include an evaluation of new interventions, an evaluation of care, exploring the experience of all involved in hospice including patients, families, staff and volunteers, etc.

The committee meets quarterly. For a research proposal to be considered, it must be submitted to the Secretary of the Research Ethics Committee three weeks in advance of the date of the next meeting.

Meeting dates for 2023 

  • Wednesday 18th January 2023 (Submission Deadline 28th December 2022)
  • Wednesday 3rd May 2023 (Submission Deadline 12th April 2023)
  • Wednesday 14th June 2023 (Submission Deadline 24th May 2023)
  • Wednesday 1st November 2023 (Submission Deadline 11th October 2023)




Above you will find the various forms and guidelines you will need for your application. Final applications should be submitted to:

The Secretary
Research Ethics Committee
St. Francis Hospice
Station Road
Dublin 5

Further information and queries around applications can be requested by emailing


(01) 8327535
(01) 8327635


(01) 8294000
(01) 8294099

Company Registration No: 153874
Charity Number: CHY10568
Charity Regulatory Authority Number: 20027193


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