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No, you do not need ethics to conduct a PPI activity.

PPI should inform research questions or research design with Public and Patient (and Carer) opinions. If you aren’t sure if your activity counts as PPI or research, use the HRA 'Is it Research' tool.

If you are collecting opinions rather than study data, your activity is likely PPI. Asking public, patient or carer contributors about a questionnaire counts as PPI, as long as you don’t ask for or record their responses to the questions. For example, you could ask their opinion on the suitability/wording of the questions.

See our resources page for more details.

See our other FAQs for advice on how to do PPI at different stages and other important things to consider.