CSM members are consultant statisticians on research ethics committees, ensuring that research respects the dignity, rights, and welfare of its human participants
Central University Research Ethics Committee
Oxford University is committed to ensuring that its research activities involving human participants respect the dignity, rights, and welfare of participants, and minimise risk to participants, researchers, third parties, and the University itself. All human research undergoes appropriate ethical review before it is approved.
The Central University Research Ethics Committee (CUREC) has overall responsibility for the development of this policy and for the University’s ethical review process.
NHS Research Ethics Committee
The NHS National Health Authority regulates UK human research through its 80 Research Ethics Committees (RECs).
NHS RECs safeguard the rights, safety, dignity and well-being of research participants by reviewing research proposals independently of research sponsors.
Each committee consists of up to 18 members, a third of whom are not researchers or registered healthcare professionals.
The committee review applications for research and gives an opinion about the proposed participant involvement and whether the research is ethical. RECs are entirely independent of research sponsors (that is, the organisations which are responsible for the management and conduct of the research), funders and investigators. They put participants at the centre of the review.