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Stage 1: Complete 'Ethical Approval'

Lead time: at least 4 weeks

All University of Cambridge projects involving human participants need to be approved by one of the two University ethics committees (The Psychology Ethics Committee; The Biology Ethics Committee), or be exempt from approval, before conducting the experiment.

If Ethical Approval has been granted

If you can provide evidence that Ethical Approval (with reference number) has already been granted, no further approval is necessary. Please submit a copy of the Ethical Approval (with reference number), as well as the consent form approved by your ethics review body, to the Experimental Laboratory Manager.

If Ethical Approval has not yet been granted

If you cannot provide evidence that Ethical Approval (with reference number) has already been granted you need to complete the ESRC Ethical Approval checklist, and amend the consent template with details of your experiment:

Download the ESRC Ethical Approval checklist (docx, 92KB)

Download the Standard Informed Consent form (doc, 194KB)

Please note: If you are a student, the ESRC Ethical Approval checklist must be signed by your supervisor, who needs to be a University of Cambridge faculty member.

If you are a researcher at Cambridge Judge Business School

If you are a researcher from another department

  • Complete and sign the checklist.
  • Send to the Research Manager in your own department and Cambridge Judge Business School’s Research Manager.
  • This will be reviewed by both Research Managers.
  • If both Research Managers agree that Ethical Approval is not necessary, you will be informed and can go ahead and set up your experiment. You will need to submit a copy of your checklist to the Experimental Lab Manager.
  • If either or both Research Managers agree that Ethical Approval is necessary, you will need to apply for it via one of the University's two ethics committees:

Once you have Ethical Approval

If you have had to seek Ethical Approval from one of the ethics committees, you will need to provide evidence that this has been granted. Please submit with reference number to Experimental Lab Manager.

Research involving NHS data

For research involving NHS data, please check if approval is required via the Health Research Authority decision tool. Additional guidance is available on the NRES Review webpage.

Contact CEBEG

Experimental Lab Manager
CEBEG Laboratory
10 Trumpington St
University of Cambridge
CB2 1QA

How to find us

cebeg@jbs.cam.ac.uk