Research ethics

All new data collection studies conducted with the ALSPAC cohort require ethical approval.

Studies which do not involve human tissue, use of NHS premises or ionizing radiation should be submitted to the ALSPAC Ethics and Law Committee (ALEC). The remainder should be submitted to an NHS Research Ethics Committee of the PI’s choice. The REC with most experience of ALSPAC proposals is South West – Central Bristol.

For ethics-related queries, please email

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A wonderful study that has already contributed enormously to our understanding of the evolution of health from childhood to adulthood and indeed the development of disease.

Professor John Deanfield, BHF Vandervell Chair of Congenital Heart Disease
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