HRCDC Meeting Dates 2019

The HRCDC are convening on:

 – Monday 29 April  

 – Thursday 13 June  

 – Thursday 25 July 

 – Tuesday 10 September 

 – Thursday 17 October 

 – Monday 25 November 


The Secretariat undertakes a validation review process of each application – to ensure the HRCDC receives a complete application. Applications are triaged by the Secretariat on a first-come-first-served basis, where possible.

Only valid and complete applications are forwarded to the HRCDC approximately 10 working days in advance of a scheduled meeting.

The number of applications reviewed at each meeting will be capped. Applicants will be informed of the HRCDC meeting where their application will be reviewed.

Unfortunately the HRCDC cannot guarantee that applications submitted will be included in the next scheduled HRCDC meeting. However, given the current volume of applications queued for consideration, the HRCDC will ensure ‘New Research’ applications are considered at each meetings, in addition to ‘Current Research’ to avoid delays for the commencement of new research projects.


Application Form

NOTE: The transition period to seek a Declaration from the HRCDC, for health research that commenced prior to August 8th, 2018 – has now expired (Regulation 6). The HRCDC is not empowered to consider applications seeking a Declaration for health research that commenced prior to August 8th, 2018

NOTE: The HRCDC is  independent statutory body established under Statutory Instrument (S.I. No. 314 of 2018 and as amended under S.I.No. 188 of 2019) and therefore any records held by it is subject to the Freedom of Information Act, 2014.

New Research | On or After 8th August, 2018

Apply for a consent declaration to process, or further process, personal data for the purpose of health research commencing on or after 8 August 2018 (Regulation 5). The commencement of research is the data that that research ethics approval has been granted (Regulation 4(1)).

Pre-submission Checklist

The Secretariat has developed a pre-submission checklist to assist Applicants with completing an application form. The checklist should be completed prior to submission, to ensure the appropriate information is captured to enable the HRCDC to make a consent declaration decision. Importantly, the checklist of information reflects the requirements set out in the Health Research Regulations, 2018.


Appeal Process

A Data Controller (applicant) may appeal:

  • The refusal of the HRCDC to make a consent declaration;
  • Any of the conditions attached to the making of a consent declaration;
  • The revocation of a consent declaration

The applicant (Data Controller) who is notified of the decision to revoke a consent declaration,must notify the Minister for Health and the HRCDC of their intention to appeal within 30 working days from the date of notification of the decision by the committee.

The appeal will be decided by an independent appeals panel appointed by the Minister for Health and no member of the HRCDC will sit on an appeals panel.

Please email for more information on the Appeals Process, details of which can be viewed below.

Appeals Process