The University Research Ethics Committee is committed to upholding the highest ethical standards in a research community that is committed to the principles of quality and excellence, accountability, transparency, integrity, respect, diversity and social responsibility, community engagement and Ubuntu.
The Directorate of Research and Innovation hosted a delegation from the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) under the Department of Health (DoH) for the annual Research Ethics Committees quality assurance and compliance audit on Monday, 16 October 2017.
The programme was led by Dr Y Sikweyiya from NHREC, who outlined the purpose of the Audit which was to review the planned and systematic actions and processes that are established and carried out by the UNIVEN Research Ethics
Committee (REC) in conducting its business, according to the DoH 2015 guidelines and other applicable regulatory requirements, standards, policies and procedures.
Dr Sikweyiya further indicated that audit should provide Research Ethics Committees with recommendations that will assist in the improvement of operations within the committee. The audit team included two members of the NHREC Prof CE Brink, Dr Y Sikweyiya and Mr. R Maluleke who served as a secretariat for the NHREC.
The audit meeting was attended by Senior Prof Georges Ekosse (UNIVEN REC Chairperson), Prof A Nwafor (REC Member), Dr I Ndlovu (REC Member), Prof MS Maputle (REC Member), Prof IEJ Barnhoorn (REC Member), Mrs. MF Obida (REC Member), and Mrs. NJ Sigama (Research Administration Coordinator) and Ms. MV Khoza (UNIVEN REC Secretariat).
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Date: 26 October 2017