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The MREC NedMec is an acknowledged medical research ethics committee linked to UMC Utrecht, Princess Máxima Center for pediatric oncology, and Antoni van Leeuwenhoek.

The committee’s broad expertise enables it to quickly and thoroughly review all types of medical scientific research. The MREC NedMec includes highly experienced members from entire range of health disciplines. This allows the committee to review even the most complex trials. In addition, the MREC Nedmec has specific expertise for the review of research with children and has a unique role in the field of pediatric oncology.

The MREC is divided into three chambers: chamber A(ll Round), chamber G(medicine) and chamber O(ncology).

Because the MREC NedMec works on a national level, it not only conducts reviews for investigators of the affiliated institutions, but also for a variety of other investigators as well as private and public healthcare organisations.

What is an MREC? uitklapper, klik om te openen

Research that is subject to the Dutch Medical Research Involving Human Subjects Act (WMO) must be reviewed by an independent committee of experts. The research cannot be started until this committee has issued a positive opinion.

There are two types of review committee:

  • the CCMO
  • recognised medical research ethics committees (MRECs)

The recognised MRECs and the CCMO are autonomous administrative authorities under the Non-Departmental Public Bodies Framework Act. This means that they are entitled to take decisions which are binding for citizens (in this case to review WMO research). An unrecognised MREC is not a ZBO and can therefore not conduct any WMO reviews.

Whether research must be reviewed by the CCMO or by a recognised MREC has been laid down in law, i.e. in the WMO and in the Central Review of Medical Research Involving Human Subjects Decree (BCB). In practice, the recognised MRECs review most research protocols.

Regulations uitklapper, klik om te openen

The MREC has drawn up its regulations and complaints procedure in accordance with the CCMO template

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MREC Regulations 

List of members of the MREC Utrecht uitklapper, klik om te openen

People often ask for a list of members to add to their research files. On the website of the CCMO you will find the MREC’s most recent list of members.

Investigators can use that list and add it to their research file together with the statement set out below and the MREC Regulations.

“MREC members can only be involved in the MREC decision-making process if they are independent of the investigator of the research to be reviewed. For this reason, at the start of each MREC meeting the question is asked whether any of the members present are involved in any research files to be reviewed. The MREC secretariat will then record who is present during the meeting and who is involved in what study. In addition, if the member concerned leaves the meeting for the discussion of the study concerned, this will be recorded in the meeting minutes. Moreover, each case of a member’s involvement will be recorded in the MREC database. With this approach the MREC is acting in accordance with its Standard Operating Procedure and GCP 3.2.1.”

Link

On the website of the CCMO you will find the MREC’s most recent list of members:

Annual report of the MREC uitklapper, klik om te openen

The annual reports of the MREC Utrecht and MREC AVL for 2020 can be downloaded below. From this year (2022) there will be a joint annual report. 

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Our secretariat uitklapper, klik om te openen

The MREC NedMec's secretariat is staffed by the following employees:

  • mr. A.C (Anna) Bakker, Official Secretary of the MREC (Chamber O)
  • M.J. (Marion) Berk-van der Linden, Administrator
  • drs. R.P. (Rutger) Chorus, Senior Procedure Coordinator of the MREC and the Biobanks Review Committee
  • mr. A.M. (Annemiek) van den Dries, Senior Procedure Coordinator of the MREC 
  • P. (Pauline) Ebbinkhuijsen, Official Secretary of the MREC (Chamber O)
  • drs. R.G. (Rashieda) Jahangier, Official Secretary of the MREC (Chamber M)
  • dr. W.A. (Antoinette) Groenewegen, Official Secretary of the MREC and the Biobanks Review Committee
  • dr. S. (Sigrid) Heinsbroek, Official Secretary of the MREC (Chamber D)
  • drs. M.C. (Mandy) Koppes, Procedure Coordinator of the MREC and the Biobanks Review Committee
  • drs. M.D. (Myriam) van de Loo-Waller, Official Secretary of the MREC
  • drs. J.B. (Jolande) van Luipen, Head of the Research Review Department a.i.
  • drs. A.H.M. (Anita) van den Oetelaar, Official Secretary of the Biobanks Review Committee
  • A.T. (Arina) Onnink, Secretary MREC (Chamber O)
  • K.W. (Kim) Schultze, Secretary MREC (Chamber O)

    Please refer to the contact page for contact details.

Participating institutions: UMC Utrecht, Prinses Máxima Centrum for pediatric oncology and Antoni van Leeuwenhoek

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