School of Dentistry Research Ethical Review Process

Welcome to the School of Dentistry Ethics Committees

Why is ethical approval required?

The University of Leeds requires that the collection of any human data should, potentially, be subject to ethics review, unless it is exempted as described in the Research Ethics Policy.

Research ethics is necessary to ensure the principles of academic excellence, community, integrity, inclusiveness and professionalism are maintained. All research must be conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards.

Is ethical approval required for my project?

To identify whether your project requires ethical approval or not please read the ‘Applying for Ethical Review’ page on the University's Research and Innovation Service website. Here you will find guidance on why ethical review is necessary, University guidance on identifying ethical issues and the ethical review processes flowchart.

To help you decide what type of approval you require, please read the School of Dentistry Research Ethics Flowchart.

The School of Dentistry has two Ethics Committees:

Dental Research Ethics Committee (DREC)

  • DREC reviews staff and postgraduate student applications for non-NHS dental and educational research projects. Click here for further information
  • DREC also reviews applications submitted to the Skeletal Tissues Bank. Click here for further information

DREC Chair: Dr Julia Csikar; DREC Co-Chair: Dr Jinous Tahmassebi; DREC Deputy Chair: Dr Jianhua Wu; DREC Co-ordinator: Mrs Julie McDermott

If your research involves NHS staff, patients or NHS premises or facilities please click here for further guidance.

Dental Student Ethics Committee (DSEC)

  • DSEC reviews undergraduate student applications for non-NHS dental and educational research projects. Click here for further information.

DSEC Chair: Professor Gail Douglas