Research Ethics Committee

The Research Ethics Committee (REC) is an independent body and is not subject to the administrative control of any academic body, officer, department or national body and has the powers provided by the relevant Republic of Cyprus Laws.

Membership of the Research Ethics Committee

  • Two faculty members from each School
  • One representative from the Research & Innovation Office

Each School Research Committee will nominate two members for service on the REC. The nominees have to be approved by the URC. The members of the REC will be electing the chair of the REC for a period of 2 years. The length of service for each member (except the ex-officio members) will be two years. The members are entitled to an additional consecutive term of service (maximum of two consecutive terms will be allowed). A member is entitled to apply for new membership two years after two consecutive terms end.

Scope of the Research Ethics Committee

The guiding principle for the REC’s decisions is the protection of research participants’ human rights. The primary purpose behind this principle is to ensure that no research project is permitted to override or outweigh the health, care, dignity, human rights and well-being of the participant. Researchers, in the presentation of their project proposals, must address issues of ethics and sensitivity of participants and information, and provide adequate guarantees in relation to these issues. The purpose of REC is also to contribute to the protection of Researchers and the University of Nicosia from risk(s) emanating from the conduct of research. Support from the REC should be seen as a pre-assessment phase. It does not contradict, but it is helpful towards, the application process to the Cyprus National Bioethics Committee, should this be needed.