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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, structures and processes”, 2004.

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
Closing date for submissions to the Ethics Office Meeting date
4 November 2013

25 November  2013

3 February 2014 24 February 2014
3 March 2014

25 March 2014 

8 April 2014

29 April 2014

5 May 2014

26 May 2014

2 June 2014

24 June 2014

7 July 2014

29 July 2014    

4 August 2014

25 August 2014

8 September

30 September 2014

6 October 2014

28 October 2014

3 November 2014

24 November  2014

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.  Email protocols for review to Adri Labuschagne's office.
  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.
Committee members

Prof D du Toit (Chairperson)
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 A Labuschagne (Secretariat)
MRC Ethics Office
Tel: (021) 938-0341
E-mail: adri.labuschagne@mrc.ac.za

Prof DM Kayongo
Director: Regional Training Centre HIV/AIDS
Mthatha
Tel: 047-502-2294 / 082-200-7675
Email: dkayongo@rtc.wsu.ac.za

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

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

Prof H Oosthuizen
Head: Dept of Criminal and Medical Law
University of the Free State
Tel.: (051) 401-2619
E-mail: oosthuh.rd@ufs.ac.za

Mr D Rebombo
Agincourt Health Centre
Agincourt Village
MPUMALANGA
Tel: 083 650 4995
Email: dumi@genderjustice.org.za

Dr L Schoeman
PO Box 27933
0132 SUNNYSIDE
Tel: (012) 373 1025/373 9031.
Fax: 086-695-7635
E-mail: lizette.schoeman@up.ac.za

Dr Y Sikweyiya
Gender & Health Research Unit
MRC Pretoria
Tel: 012-339-8619 / 076 365 6169
Email: yandisa@sikweyiya@mrc.ac.za

Prof A van Niekerk
Violence, Injury and Peace Research Unit
MRC Cape Town
Tel: 021- 938-0399
Email: ashley.vanniekerk@mrc.ac.za

Submission documents

Supporting documents

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. However, the five booklets contain useful information for researchers when preparing research protocols for ethics review.

Guideline booklets (click to view)
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.
Arrow

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.

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