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Institutional Research Ethics Committee

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OVERVIEW

The Institutional Research Ethics Committee (IREC) has the responsibility of evaluating, approving and monitoring research involving humans, animals and the environment. It does so by following accepted research ethical guidelines as laid out by the Department of Health of South Africa and the Declaration of Helsinki. It aims to protect the rights and welfare of research participants, animals and the environment by adhering to the principles of beneficence, justice and respect for persons, especially vulnerable populations, animals and the environment. In so doing it must ensure that the research methodology and relevant literature is based on sound principles derived from appropriate studies with the aim to provide an answer to the research question posed.

The committee membership is composed as required by the National Health Research Council of South Africa, which is the accrediting body. All members are required to have initial and ongoing training in Research ethics.

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National Research Ethics Guidance

International Research Ethics Guidance

Registration of Clinical Trials Undertaken in South Africa

Participants' Rights in Human Research

Registration of Clinical Trials Undertaken in South Africa

Participants' Rights in Human Research

Ethics Training