Ethical Clearance for Research
Research Integrity embodies a range of good research practice and conduct which can include intellectual honesty, accuracy, fairness, intellectual property, and protection of human and animal subjects involved in the conduct of research. Responsibilities for research integrity are shared by individual researchers and the institution, and will be the subject of further development at Zayed University, including the drafting of ‘Codes of Conduct’ during 2010.
Ethical Clearance for Research
All proposed research should consider ethical clearance at both the application and implementation stages. Ethical clearance for involvement of human subjects in your research should be sought prior to any research work being undertaken, including pilot studies or focus groups.
Most research granting organizations will require completion of ethical clearance from your organization – the approving body often referred to as the Institutional Review Board (IRB) in US universities. Always check the ethical clearance requirements of the research granting organization you are applying to, as there can be marked variations.
Collaborative research projects involving other researching institutions will often require the ethical clearance of all participating institutions, and can be quite time consuming.
All researchers wishing to conduct research in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, or collaborating with researchers in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, should familiarise themselves with the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) Human Subjects Research Policy and Institutional Licencing Policy. These policies clearly detail requirements for the conduct of human subjects research and the possible sanctions for non-compliance.
When should ethical clearance for use of human or animal subjects in research be sought?
At Zayed University, clearance should be sought for all research in which it is anticipated that human or animal subjects will be involved as subjects of the research (e.g. as subjects of surveys or interviews, or as subjects of clinical trials) including:
Why is ethical clearance sought?
The ethical principles upon which much research world-wide is conducted are shaped by 'The Belmont Report' to ensure:
It is in the interests of both the institution and all researchers that research projects are reviewed and conducted ethically, both to protect the rights and welfare of research subjects, as well as to enable international recognition for creditable institutional procedures. Society entrusts investigators with the privilege of using other humans to advance knowledge, but the research community as a whole suffers when even a few investigators ignore basic principles of ethics.
How do I obtain ethical clearance for my research?
Researchers who would like access to Abu Dahbi K-12 schools are required to submit an online application through the Abu Dhabi Eductation Council (ADEC) website.
Researchers who would like access to the ECLC are required to submit an application through the ECLC Research Review Committee with the ZU IRB forms. Please see the policies, guidelines, research priorities and forms on the ECLC's research website.
It is highly recommended that researchers contact the ECLC for guidance regarding access prior to submitting their IRB application.
What if I have already obtained ethical clearance prior to the REC being established?