Enhanced Disclosure Certificate for Research with Human Participants
Access NI Clearance – also known as an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate (EDC) - is required for empirical research only if it falls into the remit of ‘regulated activities’. The term ‘regulated activity’ refers to certain activities or work with children and adults that the Government does not allow a barred person to undertake. It is only these activities that require Access NI clearance. The factors determining whether the activity is regulated or not and therefore an EDC is required are:
- Type of activity undertaken;
- The type of people the activity is undertaken with;
- The location where the activity is undertaken;
- The frequency with which the activity is undertaken; and
- Whether or not the activity is undertaken under supervision.
The School Manager applies for an EDC on behalf of staff or students who require this. Unless it is established that regulated activity takes place, the School cannot apply for an EDC. EDCs are non-transferrable.
You shall find the required form under Sharepoint/HAPP Research Ethics Committee/Forms and Procedures here