Ethics approval for research projects outside the UK
Research undertaken by University of Bristol students and staff should meet, as a
minimum, the ethics standard required by this University, regardless of its place of
conduct. Where projects take place outside the UK, it is the responsibility of the
researcher to make all reasonable efforts to determine whether the project requires
local approval from a properly constituted and independent ethics committee in the
country concerned. Where such a committee exists to review the type of research being
proposed, the researcher must apply for, and receive, approval before the project
commences. Written evidence of approval having been sought and given must be made
available to the University of Bristol on request.
In countries where a formal mechanism for ethical approval does not exist for the type
of project proposed, it is the responsibility of the researcher to confirm with their local
supervisor or responsible person in that country that their project does not raise any
local ethical issues. All attempts should be made to obtain written confirmation of this. If
a project falls into this category, formal approval must be obtained from FMDCE prior to
starting the project.