Research proposals are now being accepted by an Ethics Review Panel set up by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) for a one-year trial in order to conduct ethical review for practice-based clinical research. 

The Panel, which is chaired by veterinary ethicist Professor David Morton CBE, is accepting applications from veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses wishing to undertake practice-based research from Monday 1 August 2016. 

The aim of the Panel, which has veterinary, veterinary nurse and lay representation, is to facilitate access to ethical review for those wishing to undertake research outside of a university or industry context. During the trial period the ethical review process will be limited to considering research projects involving cats and/or dogs, with the possibility of expanding to other species if the trial is extended or made permanent. 

There is detailed information about the submission process, including guidance notes for applicants and an application form available on the RCVS website 

Any questions should be directed to Laura McClintock (Standards and Advisory Manager/ Solicitor) or Natalie Heppenstall (Standards and Advisory Officer) at ethics@rcvs.org.uk