The National Research Ethics Committees (NREC) for Medical Devices (NREC-MD) was established by the Office of National Research Ethics Committees (NREC) in 2021. The aim of NREC-MD is to review ethics applications for clinical trial studies on medical devices. The work of the Committee supports the implementation of the European Medical Device Regulation. The Committees met 7 times from May-December 2020.
The National Research Ethics Committees (NREC) for Medical Devices (NREC-MD) comprises of 18 members, including five public representatives of which one is a patient representative. Public and/or patient representatives were appointed by the Minister for Health following expressions of interest received from a public advertisement process. Representatives work to an agreed terms of reference which includes a description of their role.