Office for Research Ethics Committees Northern Ireland

Mission Statement

To maintain a Research Ethics Service to protect the rights, dignity and welfare of research participants within the HSC System/NHS, and to protect the rights of researchers to perform ethical research and legitimate investigation.

  • To support the HSC RECs and link with the Health Research Authority (HRA) in England, the Scottish and Welsh Research Ethics Services
  • Ensure the HSC RECS comply with governance arrangements as set out in the UK Governance Arrangements for Research Ethics Committees (GAfREC) 2020 and the UK Clinical Trials Regulation (2004).
  • Provide training and administrative support to the Health and Social Care Research Ethics Committees (HSC RECs)
  • Ensure all stakeholders understand arrangements
  • Develop and maintain effective working arrangements with other research governance stakeholders in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

Core Business Hours

The OREC NI office business hours for advice are as follows:

Monday - Thursday: 09.00 - 17.00
Friday: 09.00 - 16.00

Contact Details

Office for Research Ethics Committees Northern Ireland (ORECNI)
Business Services Organisation
Lissue Industrial Estate West
5 Rathdown Walk
Moira Road
Lisburn BT28 2RF
(use google maps)

General ORECNI Tel: 028 9536 1400

Use google maps, enter ORECNI for directions) Or simply click here for map and directions :-

Alternatively you can email your query to:  info.orecni@hscni.net and we will respond as soon as possible.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 staff are not currently working in the office and the HSC REC meetings are being held by videoconference. Where researchers attended meetings in person, they can attend by videoconference or by phone