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.
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- 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
- 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.
- The SAMRC Ethics Committee may review research protocols of non-MRC research. This will be done at a cost of R6000 per application.
Prof K Moodley (Chairperson)
Centre for Medical Ethics and Law
Ms A Labuschagne (Secretariat)
SAMRC Ethics Office
Tel: (021) 938-0687
Prof L Burgess
TREAD Research cc
Prof D du Toit
Head: Department of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences
Tshwane University of Technology
Tel: (012) 382-6306/082-908-2493
Ms N Morar
HIV Prevention Research Unit
SAMRC Durban Westville
Tel: 031-242-3600 / 082-447-0389
Prof NK Morojele
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit
Dr L Nair
Desmond Tutu HIV Research Centre
University of Cape Town
Dr S Olorunju
Tel: (012) 339 8553 / 072 592 8427
Mr D Rebombo
Agincourt Health Centre
Tel: 076 411 2665
Dr Y Sikweyiya, Deputy Chairperson
Gender & Health Research Unit
Tel: 012-339-8619 / 076 365 6169
Prof Jerome Singh
Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine
University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal
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.
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