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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 2020 are:

  • Wednesday 29th April 2020 at 4:00 p.m. (submission deadline Wed 8th April 2020)
  • Wednesday 21st October 2020 at 4:00 p.m. (submission deadline Thurs 1st October 2020)

Two provisional meetings

if required, will be held on:

  • Wednesday 15th January 2020 at 4:00 p.m. (submission deadline Wed 25th December 2019)
  • Wednesday 10th June 2020 at 4:00 p.m. (submission deadline Wed 20th May 2020)

Please note that provisional meetings will be dependent on receipt of requests for ethical approval of research proposals.


Below 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


(01) 8327535
(01) 8327635


(01) 8294000
(01) 8294099

Registered Charity Number: CHY 10568


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