The objective of the Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committees (MODREC) is to ensure that all research involving human participants undertaken, funded or sponsored by the MOD meets nationally and internationally accepted ethical standards.
There are currently two parallel committees, MODREC (General) and MODREC (Personnel Protection and Effectiveness), which provide ethical scrutiny of human research that is undertaken, funded or sponsored by MOD.
MODREC (PPE) reviews protocols that cover personal protection, such as optical and acoustic countermeasures, less than lethal weaponry (LLW), individual protective equipment (IPE), body armour and chemical and biological medical countermeasures.
MODREC (Gen) reviews protocols which generally fall outside these categories.
For further information on the committees can be found on the Committee information page.
All protocols must be submitted via the Secretariat - see Contacts.
JSP 536 (Ethical Conduct and Scrutiny in MOD research Involving Human Participants) sets out the conditions for all investigators conducting research involving human participants in MOD research, both clinical and non-clinical. It also sets out the MOD's process for the assessment of research protocols.