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)
- SOPs for IRBs: