Changes to IRAS

Changes to IRAS

From the evening of 28 June 2017 a combined IRAS form that merges the Research Ethics Committee (REC) and Research & Development (R&D) forms will be used across the UK.


What does this mean for Research Teams?


  • The single IRAS form should be used for projects where the lead NHS R&D office is based in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales (this is already in place in England).

  • Adoption of the single IRAS form UK-wide will save time and effort for applicants and sponsors and help build UK-wide consistency.

  • For projects led from Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales, although a single form will replace the separate REC and R&D forms, this single IRAS form will continue to be separately submitted for ethical and R&D review as per current processes.

  • Before submitting the IRAS form for REC review, you must also be ready to submit all documents needed for review (i.e. study wide review), including template agreements and any applicable costing template.

  • There is no change to SSI Form functionality for Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales at this time.

  • Researchers with projects that have already been created in IRAS should continue to use the existing forms (these will continue to be accepted for approximately 6 months).

  • Where a REC or R&D form has already been submitted, changing forms is not recommended as the applicant will lose their submission history and be unable to create substantial amendments.

  • Applications for Research Tissue Banks, Research Databases, and for research projects not taking place in the NHS will continue to use the REC Form.


Guidance is provided in the attached documents and additional support is available from ACCORD if required (