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Ethics

The mandate of the Ethics Committee
All intramural research conducted by the MRC on humans has to be reviewed by the Ethics Committee. Currently, multi-site and collaborative research also has to be reviewed by the Ethics Committees of any other institutions that are involved, e.g. universities.

The Ethics Committee’s terms of reference are determined by national research ethics guidelines, as documented by the Department of Health in their “Ethics in health research: principles, processes and structures”, second edition, 2015.

Federal wide assurance (FWA) number of the MRC Ethics Committee
The MRC Ethics Committee is registered as an institutional review board (IRB) with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) of the USA Dept of Health and Human Services; IRB organisation identifier: IRB00001569. The Medical Research Council's unique Assurance Number is FWA00002753, and the unique Organisation Number is IORG0001163 as well as OLAWA5726-01.

  


Contact details: Ms A Labuschagne
(Secretariat)
MRC President's Office
Tel: (021) 938-0687
E-mail: Adri.Labuschagne@mrc.ac.za
Meeting dates

2017

Closing date for submissions for scientific review Closing date for submissions to the Ethics Office Meeting date
16 January 6 February 27 February
14 February 7 March 28 March  
14 March 4 April 25 April
17 April 8 May 29 May
16 May 6 June 27 June
13 June 4 July 25 July
17 July 7 August 28 August
15 August 5 September 26 September
19 September 10 October 31 October 
16 October 6 November 27 November 

Please note:

  1. All applications to the Ethics Committee must have gone through scientific review first. Please allow enough time prior to the above submission dates for this review process; the deadlines for submission for scientific review are indicated above. These deadlines will be strictly enforced and NO exceptions will be allowed. The scientific process entails identifying reviewers, allowing them enough time to review, responding to their comments, and asking them to approve changes made in response to their reviews. Email protocols for review to Adri Labuschagne
  2. Documents for new applications must be final, i.e. without track changes, and submitted as one unbound hard copy. Responses after meetings, on the other hand, must be submitted with track changes to make it clear to the Committee where changes have been made.
  3. The SAMRC Ethics Committee may review research protocols of non-MRC research. This will be done at a cost of R6000 per application.
Committee members

Prof K Moodley (Chairperson)
Centre for Medical Ethics and Law
Stellenbosch University
7505 TYGERBERG
Tel: 021-938-9600
E-mail: km@sun.ac.za

Ms A Labuschagne (Secretariat)
SAMRC Ethics Office
Tel: (021) 938-0687
E-mail: adri.labuschagne@mrc.ac.za

Prof L Burgess
TREAD Research cc
Tygerberg Hospital
Tel.: 021-938-5501
E-mail: lesley@treadresearch.com

Prof D du Toit
Head: Department of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences
Tshwane University of Technology
Tel: (012) 382-6306/082-908-2493
E-mail: dutoitd@tut.ac.za

Ms N Morar
HIV Prevention Research Unit
SAMRC Durban Westville
Tel: 031-242-3600 / 082-447-0389
E-mail: neetha.morar@mrc.ac.za

Prof NK Morojele
Deputy Director: Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit
SAMRC Pretoria
Tel: 012-339-8535
E-mail: neo.morojele@mrc.ac.za

Dr L Nair
Desmond Tutu HIV Research Centre
University of Cape Town
Tel.: 021-406-6966
E-mail: Lulu.Nair@hiv-research.org.za

Dr S Olorunju
Biostatistics Unit
SAMRC Pretoria
Tel: (012) 339 8553 / 072 592 8427
E-mail: steve.olorunju@mrc.ac.za

Mr D Rebombo
Agincourt Health Centre
Agincourt Village
MPUMALANGA
Tel: 076 411 2665
E-mail: dumi@genderjustice.org.za

Dr Y Sikweyiya, Deputy Chairperson
Gender & Health Research Unit
SAMRC Pretoria
Tel: 012-339-8619 / 076 365 6169
E-mail: yandisa@sikweyiya@mrc.ac.za

Prof Jerome Singh
CAPRISA
Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine
University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal
4041 Durban
Tel.: 031-260-4473
E-mail: singhj9@ukzn.ac.za

Submission documents

Supporting documents

Guideline documents (click to view)

The five guideline booklets were produced between 2002-2004 by the MRC. They will not be revised in view of the fact that the National Health Research Ethics Council of the Department of Health has produced research guidelines for the country as listed below. These five booklets are outdated and should only be consulted as background information.

Arrow Book 1 (pdf format, 272 kb)
Guidelines on Ethics in Medical Research: General Principles.
Arrow Book 2 (pdf format, 208 kb)
Guidelines on Ethics in Reproductive Biology and Genetic Research.
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Book 3 (pdf format, 250 kb)
Guidelines on Ethics in the Use of Animals in Research.

Arrow Book 4 (pdf format, 119 kb)
Guidelines on Ethics in the Use of Biohazards and Radiation.
Arrow Book 5 (pdf format, 308 kb)
Guidelines on Ethics in HIV Vaccine Trials.

 

Research Integrity
Ethics Committee for Research on Animals (ECRA) (click to view)

Contact persons: Chairman of the ECRA Prof D. du Toit (012) 318-6265 or Secretary Mrs G Fourie at 021-955 1902 / 021-938 0672


 
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