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Office for Research Ethics Committees (NI)

Mission Statement

To maintain a Research Ethics Service to protect the rights, dignity and welfare of research participants within the HSC System/NHS, and to protect the rights of researchers to perform ethical research and legitimate investigation.

  • To support the HSC RECs and link with the Health Research Authority (HRA) in England, the Scottish and Welsh Research Ethics Services
  • Ensure the HSC RECS comply with governance arrangements as set out in the UK Governance Arrangements for Research Ethics Committees (GAfREC) 2020 and the UK Clinical Trials Regulation (2004).
  • Provide training and administrative support to the Health and Social Care Research Ethics Committees (HSC RECs)
  • Ensure all stakeholders understand arrangements
  • Develop and maintain effective working arrangements with other research governance stakeholders in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

NOTE: Staff are currently hybrid working in the office and from home. The HSC REC meetings are being held by videoconference, where researchers attend meetings by videoconference platforms or by phone. 


  • Contact Us

    Office for Research Ethics Committees Northern Ireland (ORECNI)

    Business Services Organisation
    Lissue Industrial Estate West
    5 Rathdown Walk
    Moira Road
    Lisburn BT28 2RF (use google maps)

    General ORECNI Tel: 028 9536 1400

    Email: info.orecni@hscni.net

    Hours of Operation:

    Monday – Thursday: 9am – 5pm

    Friday – 9am – 4pm

  • How to Find Us

    Office for Research Ethics Committees Northern Ireland (ORECNI)

    Business Services Organisation
    Lissue Industrial Estate West
    5 Rathdown Walk
    Moira Road
    Lisburn BT28 2RF (use google maps)

    Lissue Industrial Estate West is approximately 2 miles west of Lisburn on the Moira Road.

    Important NB: Please use Google Maps and enter ORECNI for directions. We are based behind ‘Warmflow’ off Rathdown Road on Rathdown Walk.

    Click here for map and directions.

    Please note: There are limited parking spaces.