The West of Scotland Research Ethics Service forms part of the UK wide ethics service (http://www.hra.nha.uk) and applications can be reviewed from across the UK. Applicants are free to apply to any suitably flagged REC in the UK although a local REC is advised. This allows the applicant to attend the meeting in person.
The central West of Scotland office is manned by four Research Ethics Committee Managers and two Assistants who cover the four West of Scotland Research Ethics Committees.
A list of all staff contact details and the meeting and submission dates can be found here: http://www.hra.nhs.uk/news/rec/
In Scotland the REC Service is managed regionally across four Health Boards. The Health Board is the appointing authority for each REC. All NHS RECs in the UK work within the guidelines detailed in Governance Arrangements for Research Ethics Committees (A harmonised Edition 2011) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-research-ethics-committees-governance-arrangements
In the case of Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPs) RECs operate within agreed standards determined by the UK Health Departments (UKECA) under Statute.