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Update to IRAS system as online booking launched

A new online booking service will be rolled out for IRAS studies on Tuesday 19 May – replacing the current Central Booking Service (CBS) telephone line.

Applicants submitting research projects through IRAS will no longer need to call the Central Booking Service to book a Research Ethics Committee, or to enable IRAS Form submission. Instead applicants will access the new online booking service via IRAS to book their application for review. The service is quick and easy to use and, unlike the current Central Booking Service, will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, making it easier for research applicants.

In order to make use of this new functionality, applicants will be directed to a new part of IRAS which hosts the online booking service. A separate login will be required, but support will be provided. You will need to set up a new login and password for this area unless you already have a login for a NIHR system or as part of the Combined Ways of Working pilot (CWoW) pilot. In this case you can use your existing log in details.

Applicants will need to answer a series of questions online before being able to book a slot. This directs the applicant to the appropriate REC. The questions will be familiar to anyone who has used the CBS. Once you have completed your online REC booking, you will still need to electronically submit your application in IRAS using the normal process. For UHDB sponsored projects or those managed by Derby CTSU R&D are available to assist.

Applicants making contact about fast-track COVID-19 studies, should continue to follow current guidance (https://www.hra.nhs.uk/covid-19-research/fast-track-review-guidance-covid-19-studies/) or email fast.track@hra.nhs.uk, DO NOT use the online booking service.

Any queries then please contact uhdb.sponsor@nhs.net