Increasingly, research funding bodies require institutions, which they support, to have and operate an active and rigorous process for the scrutiny of ethical implications of individual research projects. The LSE Research Ethics Policy forms part of the School's over-arching Ethics Code.
The LSE Research Ethics Policy (available below) sets out the procedure for obtaining independent ethical scrutiny of research proposals by the LSE Research Ethics Committee.
Researchers should follow the step-by-step guide below when devising research proposals involving human participants, personal, medical or otherwise sensitive data or methodologically controversial approaches. It provides pointers to direct researchers’ thinking about the ethical dimensions of their research.
It is expected that researchers will already have addressed the academic justification for the project in their proposal; the guide aims to help researchers address specific ethical issues in so far as they relate to participants or data.
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Step-by-step guide to obtaining ethical approval
Read the LSE Research Ethics Policy and Procedures.
Complete the checklist in Annex B.
If you answered 'no' to all questions in the checklist, proceed to Step 3 of Annex B: Self-Certification. Submit this to your Head of Department, Research Centre Director, or their administrations as appropriate.
If you answered 'yes' to section (iv) of the checklist, i.e. your research may be subject to specific ethics review by an external ethics committee, send the completed checklist to email@example.com for reference and submit your research to the appropriate external body for ethics approval. Once ethics approval is granted send a copy of the letter of approval together with any relevant documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org for the records of the LSE Research Ethics Committee.
If you answered 'yes' or 'not certain' to any questions in section (v) of the checklist, complete the Research Ethics Review Questionnaire in Step 2 of Annex B and return it to email@example.com for approval by the LSE Research Ethics Committee.