Guidance on ethical issues in research involving humans
Research involving humans - response to COVID-19
17 April 2020
Until further notice, all research activity involving travel or face-to-face interaction with participants must now stop. See the announcement in full here: Urgent announcement regarding research involving humans (PDF) . This is in line with the approach being taken by the NHS and other institutions. See also the information regarding researchers and fieldworkers abroad.
Research at this time must be conducted using online or remote methods. If that is not possible, it must be postponed.
For more information, see the interim guidance for research involving humans. The guidance includes the types of research that can continue, ethical considerations, making a new ethical review application or amending an existing ethical approval in the current circumstances.
The guidance on this page covers the specific ethical issues you may need to consider when completing your ethical application form if you are conducting research involving human participants, their data or samples.
For guidance on other aspects of good research conduct visit the good research conduct web page.
If you are unable to find guidance relating to your circumstances seek advice from your School ethics committee and consult external guidance specific to your discipline (such as a learned society).
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