Research and Innovation Services


Do I need Ethical Approval?

Find out whether your research project requires ethical approval and what you need to do.

All research staff should be familiar with and adhere to UCL’s Research Integrity and Research Ethics policies.

In order to satisfy the requirements of our funders, Award Services will request confirmation that ethical approval, where required, is in place ahead of the project start date.

Research projects requiring ethical approval will only be provided with an account code when confirmation has been received from the relevant ethics body and is added to the corresponding Worktribe record.

In some exceptional circumstances, it may be appropriate to generate account codes in advance of ethics approval being granted (e.g. projects with a defined pre-clinical phase). These exceptions can only be authorised by the Director of Award Services and will require additional controls.

Your Research Support Officer can provide further advice and sign-posting, and applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss any queries relating to ethical approval at the earliest opportunity.