Every proposal for research with human participants in the UK National Health Service must receive a favourable opinion from a Research Ethics Committee (REC) before it can proceed. In November last year the Royal Statistical Society and the Health Research Authority (HRA) held a workshop at Errol Street to consider the provision of statistical advice to RECs.
The workshop was a great success and will lead to further collaboration between the RSS and the HRA in order to support statistician members of RECs and encourage participation.
There is a desire to have a statistician on each of the RECs and currently there are vacancies on RECs in several areas of the UK.
If you are potentially interested in becoming a member of a REC then take a look at this HRA advertisement for more information.
On 20 April the RSS Professional Affairs Committee will be holding Professional Statisticians’ Forum webinar meeting entitled ‘Research Ethics Committees – the role of the statistician’ at which two statistician members of RECs will share their experiences. There will be an opportunity to ask questions in the Q&A part of the meeting. For more details of the webinar meeting go to www.rss.org.uk/psf.