The Research Ethics Committee (REC) is responsible for the ethical approval of research projects in UL Hospitals and Midwest Community Healthcare. The committee is chaired by Prof. Patrick Dillon, Consultant Anaesthetist at University Hospital Limerick

If you have research ethics queries, please contact Ms. Nicola Moloney:

  • Position: A/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 482817
  • E-Mail:

 Committee remit

  • University Hospital Limerick
  • University Maternity Hospital Limerick
  • St. John’s Hospital
  • Croom Hospital
  • Ennis Hospital
  • Nenagh Hospital                                          
  • Midwest Community Healthcare


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. Nicola Moloney 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 be completed. You should also submit the completed and reviewed PIA as part of your submission to the REC.

HSE Local Committee Declaration & Signatory Page (DOC, 45KB, 2 pages)

Standard Application Form (DOC, 207KB, 28 pages)

Standard Application Form Guidance Manual (PDF, 1MB, 80 pages)

HSE Privacy Impact Assessment Form (PDF, 387KB, 18 pages)

HSE Privacy Impact Assessment Process Guidance (PDF, 216KB, 10 pages)

Research Ethics Committee Meeting Dates and Submission Deadlines January 2023 - December 2023 (PDF, 385KB, 1 page)

Local Committee Checklist (PDF, 35KB, 2 pages)

Committee Meeting Dates                        Closing Date for Receipt of Submissions

17/01/2024                                                  18/12/2023

21/02/2024                                                  22/01/2024

20/03/2024                                                  19/02/2024

24/04/2024                                                  25/03/2024

22/05/2024                                                  22/04/2024

19/06/2024                                                  20/05/2024

25/09/2024                                                  26/08/2024

23/10/2024                                                  23/09/2024

20/11/2024                                                  21/10/2024

11/12/2024                                                  1/11/2024


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 Guidance and Application Form