About Applying To REC

REC shall provide advance approval for:

  • Medical and health research projects
  • General and thematic research biobanks
  • Dispensation from professional secrecy requirements for other types of research

More information about applying to REC can be found under the specific menu option - see in particular Rules and Procedures and Deadlines and Forms.

Applications must be sent to REC in electronic format. You have to log in to get access to the forms.

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New REK portal this summer (This portal will be closed)

REK introduces a new portal where all future applications and follow-up of previous applications are processed.

Old portal (this) will be closed for submission of applications on June 11 at. 11:59 p.m..

The new portal will be ready in August.
You will find updated information on this page.


It means that:

  • The old case portal for REK (SPREK) will be closed 11.06. Applications that have been started but not submitted by 11.06.19 must be filled in again in the new REK portal.
  • The same applies to applications for changes in ongoing projects.
  • If you want to take care of unsolicited applications, download and save them ("My Page," "My Cases," "Draft", "Actions," "Print," and "Save As" ).


In a transition period from 12.06 to a new portal opens in August, it will not be possible to submit new applications or apply for changes in old projects.


All projects processed by REK in the old portal will be transferred to the new portal

Follow our website for more information


About REC

The activities of the Regional Committees for Medical and Health Research Ethics (REC) are founded on the Norwegian law on research ethics and medical research.

The seven regional committees are made up of people with different professional backgrounds, lay representatives and representatives for patient groups.

The committees are appointed by the Ministry of Education and Research for a four-year term.

More information about REC can be found under the specific menu option - see in particular Rules and Procedures and Committees and Meetings.

About Ethics

The aim of the Health Research Act is to promote good quality, ethically acceptable medical and health research.

REC carries out an assessment as to whether research is undertaken in an acceptable manner. This entails the consideration of benefit versus risk and whether data protection is assured. REC's basis for assessment can be found under the menu option Rules and Procedures.

The websites for the national committees for research ethics contain further information about ethics and research ethics. Click on the logos to open these external sites.