In line with the national policy requiring all researches involving human subjects to undergo ethical review and clearance before implementation to ensure safety, dignity, and well-being of research participants, the Zamboanga Consortium for Health Research and Development (ZCHRD) conducted an “Advanced Training-Workshop on Research Ethics” last January 7-8 at LM Hotel, Tetuan, Zamboanga City.
The training was in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) and Western Mindanao State University (WMSU).
Around 50 participants composed of local researchers, medical specialists, nurses and professors from WMSU, Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU), Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC), Brent Hospital and Colleges Incorporated have actively participated in the two-day training.
The participants were taught on how to develop the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to attain quality assurance and enable the participating institutions to register and accredit with PHREB, as required by DOST AO No. 001 s. 2008 and CHED Memorandum Order 34 s. 2007, respectively.
For an Ethics Review Committee (ERC) to pass the accreditation, it has to meet the following criteria: functionality of the structure and membership; adequacy of the SOP and consistency in its implementation; adherence to international, national and institutional guidelines and policies; completeness of the review process; adequacy of the after-review procedures; adequacy of administrative support for ERC activities; and efficient and systematic recording and archiving. Deadline of application for accreditation to PHREB is on March 15, 2015.
The resource persons were Dr. Marita Reyes, Chair of National Ethics Committee (NEC) and former UPM Chancellor and Dr. Ricardo M. Manalastas, Jr., NEC member. NEC is an independent body whose main function is to review health research in the Philippines. PHREB serves as the main policy making body on health research ethics.
ZCHRD was organized to optimize the use of research in alleviating health and nutrition problems of the people in Region IX. The consortium receives financial and technical support from the DOST-PCHRD. DOST-IX serves as the consortium secretariat. (DOST IX PRESS RELEASE)