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Research Ethics

It is the policy of the School of Dental Science that all research involving human participants or animals requires ethical approval and should comply with the guidelines set out in the Trinity College Dublin Good Research Practice Policy document. This policy covers the use of surveys and questionnaires for any participants (e.g. students, staff, patients), as well as clinical trials or observational studies. It is the School’s policy that research involving human participants must be approved by one of the following:

  • School of Dental Science Ethics committee (see paragraph below for further information) - Level 1, low risk
  • Faculty of Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee - Level 2, medium to high risk
  • SJH/AMNCH Joint Research Ethics Committee (contact Ms Claire Hartin claire.hartin@amnch.ie) - Level 2, medium to high risk
  • National Primary Care Research Committee – approval form this committee is mandatory for researchers who wish to carry out primary care related research in HSE facilities, or involving HSE primary care staff, service users or information pertaining to staff or service users. Approval from this committee should be sought for any such research, in addition to approval from a local level 1 or level 2 committee, as appropriate
  • Potential applicants should contact the Chair of the Dental School Ethics Committee (gpmoran@dental.tcd.ie) for advice on which committee is appropriate for their study

ALL STUDIES INVOLVING PATIENTS OF THE DUBLIN DENTAL UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL REQUIRE THE APPROVAL OF THE CLINICAL DIRECTOR (Dr Thérèse Garvey therese.garvey@dental.tcd.ie) PRIOR TO SUBMISSION TO THE ABOVE COMMITTEES.

School of Dental Science Ethics Committee

The committee consists of members of academic staff, the School Director of Research, Dr Jeffrey O'Sullivan, and the committee secretary.

All applicants should first download the School of Dental Science Ethics Application Form (Word, 51 kb), complete both checklists to determine if their study requires ethical approval, and if so, whether the application is suitable for consideration by the School Committee. Application forms must be completed in full, reviewed, signed by the supervisor/principal investigators and submitted to the committee secretary, Ms Anne Kenny (anne.kenny1@dental.tcd.ie) The committee will usually respond to applicants within 14 days of receipt of applications.

Approval from other research ethics committees

When approval has been obtained from an external research ethics committee, a copy of the external ethical approval must be submitted to the Chair of the Dental School Ethics Committee (gpmoran@dental.tcd.ie) for noting by the School of Dental Science Research Ethics committee.