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Imperial AHSC has developed a peer review service which centralises and standardises the process of peer review for research protocols across the College and the Trust

Use of the service is strongly encouraged.  RECs and R&D Departments will increasingly require review of projects with significant risk or burden in order to help ethical review and decisions about sponsorship.  Projects that need review but have not acquired it may be delayed.

It is therefore advised that you contact the Peer Review Office (PRO) early in the development of your project for advice and support in obtaining the correct level of peer review or to gain confirmation that it does not require it.

Once you have developed your protocol/proposal for your healthcare study, it should be reviewed by experts in the relevant field(s) who are completely independent of the research team, to offer advice on its quality and suitability.

Peer review should occur before you seek ethics approval for your project from a Research Ethics Committee.

The PRO aims to ensure that the peer review process is completed within 4 weeks of receipt of the appropriate documents.  As this cannot be guaranteed submission to the PRO should be made as early as is practicable.

The Imperial College Peer Review service is coordinated by the Peer Review Administrator.