I am the Regulatory Compliance Officer in the Ethics and Governance Office working for Carol Smee.
My role is to support the scientists with the regulatory aspects of using human materials in their research. I assist in the completion of ethics applications when Institute researchers seek ethical review of their studies from NHS Research Ethics Committees. This work includes providing assistance in drafting applications and associated documents, drafting amendments to approved ethics applications, assisting with Annual Progress Reports and guiding studies through the Health Research Authority (HRA) approval process.
The Ethics and Governance Office is responsible for advising members of staff about compliance with the policies of the Institute and with laws, including the Human Tissue Act, Data Protection Act, Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act and Misuse of Drugs Regulations. We help achieve compliance through the initiation, administration and development of internal processes.