How to apply for an ethical review of a research project involving human subjects
In order to promote the fulfilment of the basic ethical requirements of UPF research dealing with human beings, the CIREP has established the following procedure:
Step 1. Self-assessment
Principal Investigators of research projects at UPF must fill in a self-assessment Ethics Checklist Form of their research proposal and send a pdf/scan of it to [email protected]
If there is any YES answer, the researcher will have to proceed to step 2 and send the following documents:
Step 2. Ethics documents
The researcher will need to prepare the following CIREP documents:
2.1. Summary Information Form
The Summary Information Form includes the title of the research activity and a 300-word summary. Some specific contents are: the field of research to which the activity belongs (for instance, communication), the type of human participants involved in it (for instance, infants...), estimated starting and end date, and whether it is a collaborative research.
2.2. Procedure Form
The Procedure Form includes a detailed description of the research methodology (maximum 5000) words so that CIREP can evaluate the research activity and the ethical issues involved.
2.3. Informed Consent Form(s)
The Informed Consent Form(s) Informed consent must be expressed by all participants of the research activity.
Check CIREP's Informed Consent Guide (guide)
Step 3. Peer review
In addition to the CIREP's evaluation, an expert reviewer in the specific research field will evaluate the above mentioned documents and will issue a peer review.
A template is provided (Reviewer's evaluation form PDF)
Finally the CIREP experts will meet and discuss the individual case based on the researcher's documents and the peer review. After the panel discussion, an Ethics Review Report will be issued.