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Clinical Research Ethics UL Hospital Group and Mid West Community Healthcare

Research Ethics Committee

Chairperson: Prof. Patrick Dillon, Consultant Anaesthetist, University Hospital Limerick, Dooradoyle, Limerick.


Local committee checklist

Committee contact details

  • Name of Committee: Research Ethics Committee, UL Hospitals Group, Mid-West Region
  • Contact Person: Ms. Joanne O’Connor
  • Position: Research Ethics Committee Co-Ordinator
  • Address:  Quality & Safety Department, UL Hospitals Group, HSE Unit 2, Loughmore Avenue, Raheen Business Park, Limerick. V94 P7X9
  • Tel: 061 482519
  • E-Mail:     


Committee remit

Reviews applications to conduct research in:

  • University Hospital Limerick
  • University Maternity Hospital Limerick
  • St. John’s Hospital
  • Croom Hospital
  • Ennis Hospital
  • Nenagh Hospital                                          
  • CHO3 


Local requirements

All applications should be typed, signed and dated by the principal investigator. 16 hard copies (in complete packs) together with one e-copy should be forwarded to Ms. Joanne O’Connor at the postal address above and at

A submission should include Information Leaflets, Consent Forms, Questionnaires, and Study Protocol etc. (if applicable). Please take care when completing your submission as incomplete packs or an incomplete submission will not be accepted.  This will only delay the REC approval process for your research.  

A Privacy Impact Assessment Form should also be completed and submitted to the Information Governance Office at for review and approval should the site for your study fall within the ULHG or to the relevant DDPO/DPO if the study is be conducted within the CHO3 area.  You should also submit the completed PIA as part of your submission to the REC.


Research Ethics Committee Meeting Dates

September to December, 2021

MEETING DATE                                                     CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF SUBMISSIONS

22/09/2021                                                               06/09/2021

20/10/2021                                                               04/10/2021

17/11/2021                                                               01/11/2021

08/12/2021                                                               22/11/2021


Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA)

All research studies require a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA).

Data Protection Impact Assessments can be used to identify and mitigate against any data protection related risks arising from a new project, which may affect your organisation or the individuals it engages with. 

Please see attached DPIA Process Guildance and Application Form