With tremendous advancement in the field of health and social sciences, guidelines and mechanisms need to be in place protecting the interest of the subjects under study and minimize harm. The Ethics Committee of International Research Force has therefore, been established to support research of highest ethical standards.
The committee provides ethical review to proposals submitted in the field of health and social sciences. The proposals submitted for ethical approval are thoroughly reviewed by the expert members following highest international standards. All research (medical or social science) projects involving human or animal subjects, whether as individuals or communities, including surveys, drug/device trial, the use of fetal material, embryos and tissues from alive or the recently dead can apply for ethical clearance.
Studies that do not require direct human or animal subject participants e.g. chart review, secondary data analysis etc, case reports may be exempted for review. But these studies would have to be submitted to the committee to issue an exemption certificate.
The committee is multidisciplinary in compositions with relevant expertise in medicine along with well-respected ‘non medical’ people representing the interests and concerns of the community. There is also a mix of age and gender to ensure equitable representation on the committee.
Researchers interested in applying for ethical clearance should submit the proposals using the attached application form by the first week of each month at email@example.com