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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:

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 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.kenny@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.