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The primary function of the SUMS REG Committee is to provide a strategic overview of the appropriate mechanisms of ethics and governance of research conducted in the Medical School. These will comply with all applicable laws and statutes relevant to the conduct of research including the Data Protection Act 1998, the Human Tissue Act 2004, the Mental Capacity Act 2005, the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004, the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 and the International Committee on the Harmonisation of Good Clinical Practice (ICH GCP).

The SUMS REG Committee will report once a term to the University Research Ethics and Governance Sub-Committee, identifying any difficulties encountered in the process of ethical review and highlighting any cases of alleged research misconduct or exceptions  within the period. Each member of the REG Committee will submit an electronic report related to the area they represent to the Secretary of the Committee prior to the meeting and give a verbal report on it.

Cases of disagreement for ethical approval in the SUMS Research Ethics sub- Committees should be referred to the SUMS Research Ethics and Governance for resolution. Where this is not possible or for any other problems that cannot be dealt with at Medical school level should be referred to the University Research Ethics and Governance sub-Committee.

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