Instructions about NHS REC meeting dates, review timelines and booking your regulatory review can be found on the HRA online booking service page. When you book your appointment you will be given a REC number, which you should put on your IRAS form. That box is the only box on the form you can fill in without invalidating it and requiring you to get all the signatures again. Please note that ticking the little ‘box complete’ tick for that box will also invalidate the form.
The HRA and REC (if applicable) will initially check your document set and confirm whether it is valid. They will then review the application, following which you will be provided with an initial review letter identifying any issues which need to be resolved. You may also be invited to attend a REC meeting to discuss your study with the committee and answer any queries that the committee may have.
Should you be asked by the HRA/REC reviewers to make revisions to any aspect of the study, please copy firstname.lastname@example.org in on any responses so that the Research Governance team are aware and can update Sponsor records accordingly.
While this is going on you can send a copy of your protocol to sites to see if they are likely to want to be involved. Please see the HRA guidance on site setup for further information. Once you have received HRA approval, and an email from the site agreeing it has the capacity and capability to participate in the study, you can agree a start date and open at the Site. Further authorisation from UoB as Sponsor, for example what is sometimes referred to as a 'green light' for sites, is not required under the terms of Sponsorship and will not be issued. (Please note that the process differs in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - information on the key differences is available in the site specific information section of the IRAS website).