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New online booking service for IRAS submissions will be rolled out on Tuesday 19th May 2020

As part of the ongoing Research Systems programme of work to improve services for applicants.


A new online booking service for IRAS submissions will be rolled out on Tuesday 19th May 2020, replacing the current Central Booking Service telephone line.

NOTE: the update will take place between 18.00 – 21:00 BST on Monday 18th May 2020. IRAS will not be available to users during this time. Electronic authorisations will not be affected by this update.

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.

If you need help and support with the new system you can call 0207 104 8008 between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

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. .

Current process to fast-track COVID-19 studies will remain in operation see the current guidance.


If you have any questions, please contact us.

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