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West of Scotland Research Ethics Service

The West of Scotland Research Ethics Service was established on 2nd April, 2009. The service consists of a Central Office based in the Tennent Institute, Western Infirmary, Glasgow. The Central Office manages the four RECs (Research Ethics Committees) which form the West of Scotland Research Ethics Service. Submissions for review are received from a wide area of the West of Scotland and incorporate submissions from Dumfries & Galloway Health Board, Ayrshire & Arran Health Board, Lanarkshire Health Boards, Golden Jubilee National Hospital and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. As part of the National Research Ethics Service applications from across the UK can be reviewed Dr Judith Godden took up the post of Scientific Officer and Manager of the Service in March 2009. The Central Office is manned by four Research Ethics Co-ordinators and three Administrative Assistants who cover all the administrative duties for the four RECs in the Service (three meetings in the Glasgow area and one meeting in Lanarkshire). A list of the contact details for the REC administrative staff and the meeting and submission dates can be found here  The RECs within WoSRES are part of a national ethics system NRES (National Research Ethics Service) who in turn form part of the Health Research Authority (HRA). 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) Department of Health 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. The CSO has a representative sitting on UKECA and provides funding for the provision of ethics services on their behalf.