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Resources for International IRBs/RECs

WHO Resources for International RECs

1.     WHO Global Health Resources:

2.     WHO Standards and Operational Guidance for Ethics Review of Health-Related Research with Participants:

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)


The Research Ethics Committee Assessment Toolkit (RECAT) Designed to facilitate evaluation of the operational needs of the Research Ethics Committees globally to inform local quality assurance and quality improvement efforts.  This toolkit is published open-access for non-commercial use.