The Oxford Tropical Research Ethics Committee was established to provide ethical review of clinical studies in the tropics conducted by University of Oxford researchers. OxTREC review does not replace the need for ethical review within the country where the research will take place.
Applications to OxTREC must be submitted by using OXTREAD (a web based application system). Follow the link below to access OXTREAD. Please read the OXTREAD SOP below in order to familiarize yourself with how to use the system.
|Submission Deadline||OxTREC Meeting Date|
|Fri 28 February 2014||Thu 20 March 2014|
|Fri 18 April 2014||Thu 22 May 2014|
|Fri 13 June 2014||Thu 17 July 2014|
|Fri 22 Aug 2014||Thu 25 September 2014|
|Fri 24 October 2014||Thu 27 November 2014|
Please note that the submission deadlines have been revised for the month of April 2014 onwards to the above and are now earlier by one week
OXTREAD Application System
We are in the process of radically revising the online application system.
PLEASE COMPLETE A REVISED APPLICATION FORM NOT SEEN ON OXTREAD
Temporarily we would ask for the APPLICATION FORM: Blank Template for Full Applications to be completed separately and emailed to Jacqueline Gerencser, the OxTREC administrator Jacqueline.firstname.lastname@example.org. If your application relates to NIH funding please also complete the Additional template for NIH funded Studies.
NOTHING ELSE HAS CHANGED.
Please continue to upload relevant supporting study documents on OXTREAD (protocol, participant information sheet, consent form, peer reviews PI Signatory Page). The OxTrec reference will be assigned automatically on submission, and this must be put onto the application form before sending by e-mail.
Do not e-mail anything except the completed application form to Jacqueline.
We hope that the new form will be an improvement and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
For any queries or help needed regarding OXTREAD, please see the OXTREAD SOP
Minimal Risk Project Form - please review the Central University Research Ethics Committee (CUREC) guidance on minimal risk studies if you wish to use this form
Forms must be submitted to the OXTREC Administrator
University of Oxford
Joint Research Office
Block 60 Churchill Hospital
tel. +44 (0) 1865 (5)72346
fax +44 (0) 1865 (5)72228
The Oxford Tropical Research Ethics Committee, OXTREC, reviews medical research conducted in countries outside the European Union. Ethical approval is usually obtained through a formal application submitted electronically via the Oxford Tropical Research Ethics Application Database (OXTREAD). These applications are reviewed by the Committee at its meetings held six times a year. During the submission process, we will also check that train sponsorship and indemnity are in place for the study.
It is common for the Committee to ask for amendments and clarifications, which are usually resolved by correspondence within two months of the committee meeting, thus the time from first submission to final approval is typically less than three months.
For studies that present no more than minimal risk to the participants, there is a fast track process for ethical approval:
There is also a fast track option for exceptional circumstances as follows:
Social Science Studies
As the only University ethics committee empowered to review health-related studies that are conducted outside the European Union, OxTREC will review some research that includes social science methods. OxTREC is aware that its members' expertise is predominately in the medical sciences and it will co-opt one or more extra members from the social sciences as required.
The Global Health Clinical Trials Website is being developed by a collaboration of researchers working in Africa, Asia and Latin America and is aiming to provide support, guidance, e-learning and career development for all researchers working on clinical trials in the field of global health. It is a source for templates, advice and explanation that can help you design and conduct your study. www.globalhealthtrials.org