The Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee (MODREC) ensures that all research involving human participants either undertaken, funded or sponsored by MOD meets nationally and internationally accepted ethical standards.
The Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee (MODREC) was commissioned to review, advise and approve human research applications. It safeguards the rights, dignity and welfare of the individuals volunteering to participate in individual research studies.
The Committee is an independent body comprising of non-MOD (expert and lay) members and is supported by appropriate MOD advisers. The Committee operates according to guidelines set out by the UK’s Health Research Authority.
Prior to final review and approval by MODREC, scientific and technical rigour is assured through assessment by the appropriate Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), which is an integral part of the ethical review process.
The instructions for the ethical conduct and treatment of human participants in MOD research (JSP36) sets out the conditions for all investigators conducting research involving human participants in MOD research and the process for assessing and approving research applications.
Applying for review
Ethics Committee members
Independent Members of MODREC
- Chairman: Dr Simon Kolstoe
- Vice-Chairman: Professor David Jones - Bioethicist
- Mr Paul Andersen - Lay member
- Mr Gordon Coleman JP - Lay member
- Mr Clive Collett - Lay member (Medical ethics and law)
- Professor Graham Devereux - Professor of Respiratory Medicine
- Professor Chris Fry - Professor of Physiology
- Dr Raymond Johnston - Consultant Occupational Physician
- Dr Angus McFadyen - Statistician
- Mr Harry Mawdsley OBE - Lay member (Formerly Chairman of the Magistrates Association)
- Professor Janet Marsden - Professor of Ophthalmology and Emergency Care
- Professor Vassilios Papalois - Reader in Transplantation Surgery
- Dr Michael Pegg - Consultant Anesthetist
- Dr Ian White - Consultant Dermatologist
Advisory Members of MODREC
- Dr Paul Rice - Science and Technology Adviser
- Capt Paul Porter - MOD Military Adviser
- Capt Lynn Thomas - MOD Military Medical Adviser
About our members
MODREC has a mixture of expert and lay members and is supported by the MODREC Secretariat. MOD administers the Secretariat and also appoints advisory members to the Committee. These are MOD members of staff who are appointed to provide advice to the Committee on internal MOD policy. The voting members of the Committee are independent of MOD.
The Appointing Authority, with the support of the Chair of MODREC, make appointments to MODREC. Members are appointed in their own right, to participate in the work of MODREC as equal individuals of sound judgement and relevant experience.
Expert committee members are chosen to ensure that MODREC has:
- relevant methodological and ethical expertise in applied physiological and psychological research, clinical research, non-clinical research, qualitative or other research methods applicable to human sciences, including medicine and the social sciences
- relevant clinical practice
- knowledge and experience of experimental design
- knowledge and experience of statistics relevant to research
At least one third of MODREC members are lay members, who should not be employees of MOD and whose primary personal or professional interest is not in biomedical research.
MOD Research and Ethics Committees (MODREC)
MODREC Corporate Secretariat
Bldg 005, G02
Dstl Porton Down
Gillian Winter 01980 956351
Use for research project enquiries, approvals and appeals
Royal Navy Scientific Advisory Committee
Institute of Naval Medicine
Dr Shaun Kilminster 02392 768040
Army Scientific Advisory Committee
Directorate Personnel Capability
Floor 2 Zone 2
Chair: Dr Julia Greeves 01264 886827
Vice-Chair: Dr Sylvia James-Yates 01264 887561
Royal Air Force Experimental Medicine Scientific Advisory Committee
RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine
Air Cdre David Rainford 01462 851515 Ext. 8063
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Scientific Advisory Committee
Defence Science Technology Laboratory
Dr Paul Rice 01980 957502
Bethany Ellis (SAC Secretary) 01980 955572