Midlands Research Ethics Committee


The Health Service Executive Midland Area Research Ethics Committee was set up in 2002 to consider both hospital and community-based research in the four counties of the then Midland Health Board - Longford, Westmeath, Laois and Offaly. It continues to hold that remit.


The Research Ethics Committee reviews research proposals from HSE staff and students who wish to use facilities, staff, patients/clients or information pertaining to staff or patients/clients of the four counties of Longford, Westmeath, Laois and Offaly for research purposes.

It also reviews research proposals from external investigators/pharmaceutical companies who wish to use HSE staff or patients/clients for the purposes of research.

REC Composition

The current composition of the HSE Midland Area Research Ethics Committee is:

  • Dr. Una Fallon – Consultant in Public Health Medicine - Chairperson
  • Ms. Ann Sheerin, Community Services Manager, Laois/Offaly
  • Ms. Clare Conway, Assistant Director of Nursing, Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar
  • Ms. Niamh Clarke, Principal Psychologist Manager, Longford/Westmeath
  • Ms. Claire Foley, Nurse Practice Development Facilitator, Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore
  • Ms. Sandra McCarthy, Director of Nursing, Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise
  • Ms. Marie Fleury, Lay Member
  • Mr. Paul Marsden, Project Manager, Child Health Screening Programmes

Contact Details

Mr Paul Marsden, Midlands REC Secretary
Department of Public Health
HSE Area Office
Arden Road
Co Offaly
Telephone: 057 93 59894

Application Procedure

The REC-Midlands guidance document is available here. In-depth instructions on how to complete each question are available here.

Submission of an application for research ethics review must include, as applicable:

  • A completed National Research Ethics Committee Standard Application Form
  • Signed Declaration and Signature page
  • Participant Information Leaflet
  • Participant Invitation Letters
  • Participant Informed Consent Form
  • Research Tools
  • Questionnaires
  • Interview guides
  • Data collection tools
  • Letters to relevant HSE Department Heads/Line Managers
  • Evidence of approval from relevant HSE Department Heads/Line Managers
  • Brief CV of Principal Investigator
  • Copies of letters of favourable ethics review from other RECs
  • Additional information deemed essential by the researcher

2019 Meeting Dates and Closing Dates for Applications

REC Meeting Date Closing Date for Applications
13th February 2019 23rd January 2019
10th April 2019 20th March 2019
5th June 2019 15th May 2019
4th September 2019 15th August 2019
23rd October 2019 2nd October 2019
11th December 2019 20th November 2019

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