IRBs/RECs Involved in International Research
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.
- 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)
- 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:
- CITI Training
- Ethics Training for IRB Members (for fee):
- Ethics Training for Researchers and Community Members:
- JHSPH Field Training Guide for Data Collectors
- NIH Office of Extramural Research:
- Pan American Health Organization research ethics casebook (Spanish)
7. ClinRegs website launched by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID)
- NIAID has launched the ClinRegs website, a public online database of country-specific regulatory information on clinical research. ClinRegs is designed to allow researchers to plan international clinical trials more efficiently by consolidating regulatory requirements in one place and enabling comparisons across countries.