Dept. of Health Research Govt. of India
World Health Organization
Name of the Project The Experience of Research Ethics Committees using a Self-Assessment Tool
Principal Investigator Dr. Thilakavathi Subramanian
Co-Principal Investigator(s) Nandini K. Kumar, Sanjay Mehendale – India Hany Sleem, Keymanthri Moodley-South Africa
Other Investigator(s) Henry Silverman – US – PI
Collaboration / Participating Centers
MERETI from Egypt, South Africa and NIE
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Study Period Data collection: August 2011 to March 2012
1.To determine the mean scores and range of scores obtained on the MERETI REC self assessment tool by having different RECs complete the REC self-assessment tool.
2.To obtain the perspectives of RECs regarding their use of the MERETI REC self-assessment tool.


The tool is divided into the following categories: 

a) Administrative and Organizational Aspects,

b) Membership and educational training,

c) REC review arrangements and submission materials,

d) REC minutes,

e) REC review performance,

f) Communicating a decision,

g) Continuing review,

h) REC resources. Each of the elements has been assigned points and the maximum points for each category are shown.

The maximum achievable points is 200 points.

Quarterly Reports (5-10 lines) The study is in progress
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