Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has today published the General Scheme of the National Research Ethics Committees Bill confirming plans to develop a streamlined, regulated and fit-for-purpose model for the ethical review of health research projects.
The Bill will modernise the current system, will support more consistent and more efficient decisions for research studies and will mean better results for patients.
Speaking today, Minister Harris said:
The reform will see the establishment of a number of National Research Ethics Committees, starting with one in the area of clinical trials of medicinal products, and these single-opinion national committees will be supported by dedicated and professional staff in a National Office for Research Ethics Committees (to be hosted by the Health Research Board).
The Minister added:
Ireland is likely to hold a unique place in the European clinical trial arena as the only mature English-speaking country in Europe post-Brexit, so urgent reform is critical to ensure that Ireland is viewed globally as an attractive location to progress cutting-edge trials, and health research generally.
Welcoming the Minister’s initiative, the CEO of the Health Research Board, Darrin Morrissey, said:
Grainne Power, Director of Human Products Authorisation and Registration at the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), said that:
Read the General Scheme of the Bill.