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 WHO and Other Resources for International RECs

 1. WHO 2012 guide for Research Ethics Committees: 

Standards and Operational Guidance for Ethics Review of Health – Related Research with Human Participants.”  This document provides advice on setting standards for RECs, and providing a common language for describing specific outcomes or characteristics.  You may find this resource here:

 2. WHO Ethical Standards and Procedures for Research with Human Beings (Including CIOMS, UNAIDS, European bodies) (general site):

  · International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research involving Human Subjects (CIOMS 2002):

  · International Ethical Guidelines for Epidemiological Research (CIOMS 2008):

 3. Implementation: Capacity Building through the Strategic Initiative for Developing Capacity in Ethical Review (SIDCER):

  · What is SIDCER? Supports implementing the WHO Operational Guidelines for IRB/RECs around the world, and assessing those operational standards.  Accredits RECs.


  Network of Regional Partner Fora:

  · Forum for Ethics Committees in the Confederation of Independent States (FECCIS)

  · Forum for Ethical Review Committees in Asia and the Western Pacific (FERCAP)
  · Foro Latino Americano de Comités de Ética en Investigacion en Salud (FLACEIS)

  · Pan-African Bioethics Initiative (PABIN)

4. “Reviewing Clinical Trials:  A Guide for the Ethics Committee”:   Sponsored by Pfizer, an AAHRPP accredited pharmaceutical company, through a “non-binding” grant.  Edited by Johann P.E. Karlberg (Clinical Trials Centre, Univ. of Hong Kong) and Marjorie Speers of AAHRPP.

5. Setting Standards for Responsible Conduct of Research:

InterAcademy Council Report, "Responsible Conduct in The Global Research Enterprise."

6. Ethics Training

Ethics Training for Researchers and Community Members:
Family Health International (FHI):

NIH Office of Extramural Research: Protecting Human Research Participants, online module:

CITI Training:

JHSPH Field Training Guide for Data Collectors:

Ethics Training for IRB Members (for fee)
PRIM&R online: (for fee)

SOPs for IRBs
Huron Group Consulting:



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