According to the Health Research Board “Research is designed and conducted to generate new generalisable or transferable knowledge”. The ultimate goal of any research undertaken is to obtain results that may contribute to appropriate and improved healthcare directed at meeting patient needs.

Research Ethics Committees (RECs) play a central role in the research process. However, the tasks and responsibilities for RECs have become more demanding and increasingly complex over the last decade.

RECs are tasked with:

  • Upholding the rights of all research participants
  • Assessing the risks and benefits of research
  • Ensuring consent is valid and without duress
  • Protecting confidentiality and privacy of all medical and personal data
  • Monitoring and auditing ongoing and completed research

Increasingly, research is being conducted on a National and International level and across multiple academic and industrial sites. This further complicates the process for RECs to maintain a coherent yet applicant accessible approach.

Here at the Beacon Hospital we on the REC wish to act as facilitators of research.

We review and offer advice on research involving:

  • All patients of Beacon Hospital
  • All relatives and carers of patients of Beacon Hospital
  • All Beacon Hospital staff recruited as research participants
  • All past and present collected personal data

If you wish to conduct research under the auspices of Beacon Hospital, you must have approval from the Beacon Hospital Research Ethics Committee:

REC Committee Members: 2024

Co-Chair: Dr Ruth Pilkington, Director of Education, Research & Medical Office Beacon Hospital

Co-Chair: Assoc Prof David Burke, Beacon Hospital Consultant in Cardiology

Co-Chair: Prof. Ray McDermott, Beacon Hospital Consultant Medical Oncologist


Ms. Ailish Daly, Director of PSQI Beacon Hospital
Ms. Fiona Kirwan, Director of Clinical Services Beacon Hospital
Ms. Sharon Derham, Assistant Director of Nursing Beacon Hospital
Dr. Siobhra O’ Sullivan, Beacon Hospital Consultant Radiation Oncologist
Dr. Lisa Prior, Beacon Hospital Consultant Medical Oncologist
Dr. Karen Ryan, Research Administration Manger Beacon Hospital Research Institute
Mr. Anthony Pierce, Physiotherapist & Clinical Research Associate in Orthopaedics Beacon Hospital
Ms. Maggie Coleman, Nurse & Clinical Research Associate in Medical Oncology Beacon Hospital
Ms. Roisin Conaty, Clinical Research Associate in Radiotherapy Beacon Hospital
Mr. David Mulqueen, Technical Director IT Beacon Hospital
Mr. Ken Murray, IT Manager Beacon Hospital
Mr. Stephen McMahon, Irish Patients Association

Monday 26th February @15:00 IST Friday 2nd February @17:00 IST Open
Monday 22nd April @15:00 IST Friday 29th March @17:00 IST Open
Monday 24th June @15:00 IST Friday 31st May @17:00 IST Open
Monday 26th August @15:00 IST Friday 2nd August @17.00 IST Open
Monday 21st October @15:00 IST Friday 27th September @17:00 IST Open
Monday 16th December @15:00 IST Friday 22nd November @17:00 IST Open


Ethics Committee Local Checklist and Signatory Page

A Participant Information Leaflet and Informed Consent Form (PIL/ICF)

A Data Protection Impact Assessment Form (DPIA)

Research Ethics Committee Standard Application Form

Guidance Manual for RECSAF Form Completion


Per Application: Per Site: Per Amendment: Fee set by Legislation:
MEDICINES for Human Use (note currently this REC cannot give a single state opinion)
Sponsor-Led Clinical Trials €1,500 €150 €500 Yes
Investigator-Led Clinical Trials €150 €50 (waived) €50 (waived) Yes
Clinical Trials which are Non CTIMPs
Sponsor-Led Clinical Trials €1,500 €100 €500 No
Investigator-Led Clinical Trials €150 €50 (waived) €50 (waived) No
MEDICAL DEVICES for human use
 Sponsor-Led Clinical Trials €1,500 NIL €500 No
Investigator-Led Clinical Trials  €150 NIL NIL No
Sponsor-Led Clinical Trials €1,500 NIL €500 No
Investigator-Led Clinical Trials €150 NIL NIL No
Sponsor-Led Clinical Trials €600+extra NIL NIL No
 Investigator-Led Clinical Trials NIL NIL NIL No

Please note: All studies which are investigator led by a Beacon Hospital Staff Member are subject to a fee waiver.

Engage EARLY and OFTEN with the REC for Help and Support

Allow 2 – 3 Months for the Application Process

If you cannot check ✓ Forms on the CHECKLIST before submitting your application – your application will not be sent to the REC for consideration

Click here for a guide to applying to the Beacon Hospital Research Ethics Committee

Cover Letter Listing All Documents to be Reviewed 
Research Ethics Committee Standard Application Form 
Participant Information Leaflet/Informed Consent Form
Data Protection Impact Assessment Form
Local Checklist and Signatory Form
CV of Principal Investigator (Signed and Dated)
Recruitment Material/Posters
Questionnaire/Interview Prompts/Protocols
Evidence of Previously Approved  Ethics
Proof of Current Insurance for Each Investigator Not covered by Clinical Indemnity
Proof of Current Insurance for Each Site Not covered by Clinical Indemnity
Certificate of Insurance for Sponsor for Externally Funded Studies
Applicable Fees

Beacon Hospital Research Institute
Institute Manager
Hotel Room 101
Beacon Hospital

Tel: 01-6504881 or 087-4520580