Research Ethics Committee Accreditation

The National Guidelines for Research Involving Humans as Research Participants July 2014, provide a national framework for harnessing the benefits of research while ensuring that the rights, interests, values and welfare of people who take part in the research are not compromised. It is a requirement in the guidelines for all Research Ethics Committees (RECs) operating in Uganda to be accredited by UNCST. These guidelines outline the process of REC accreditation in Uganda.

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UNCST ACCREDITED RECs

Accreditation of RECs is within  Section 4 of the National Guidelines for Research Involving Humans as Research Participants published by UNCST in July 2014, which requires all RECs operating in Uganda to be accredited by UNCST. The Accreditation is valid for three (3) years and is subject to the RECs’ continuing compliance with all applicable national standards and guidelines for RECs in Uganda, and to any additional stipulations or guidelines that may be provided by the UNCST. The list below is reviewed and updated regularly:

National HIV/AIDS Research Committee

Host Institution: Uganda National Council for Science and Technology
REC Number: UG-REC-001
REC Chairperson: Dr. Edward Katongole Mbidde (0782 630863, ekmbidde@uvri.go.ug)
REC Administrator: Ms. Dorcas Atuhaire
Contact Information: 0779931026, 0414705527, d.atuhaire@uncst.go.ug
P O Box 6884 Kampala
Date of Accreditation: 6th September 2016
Valid until: 6th September 2019
Nature of Protocols: All
Members: 11
Schedule of Meetings: once a month (last Friday)

Uganda Virus Research Institute
Host Institution: Uganda Virus Research Institute
REC Number: UG-REC-002
REC Chairperson: Mr. Tom Lutalo (0776720539, tlutalo@uvri.go.ug) REC Administrator: Ms. Flavia Ayebazibwe
Contact Information: (0773203697, fayebazibwe@uvri.go.ug)
P O Box 49 Entebbe, (uvri-sec@uvri.go.ug)
Date of Accreditation: 6th September 2016
Valid until: 6th September 2019
Nature of Protocols: All
Members: 15
Schedule of Meetings: once a Month 

Joint Clinical Research Centre
Host Institution: Joint Clinical Research Centre
REC Number: UG-REC-003
REC Chairperson: Dr. Jesse Kagimba (0712531656, jessekagimba@yahoo.com)
REC Administrator: Ms. Julian Komuhangi, (0417723000
Contact Information jkomuhangi@jcrc.org.ug)
P O Box 10005 Kampala
Date of Accreditation: 6th September 2016
Valid until: 6th September 2019
Nature of Protocols: All
Members: 12
Schedule of Meetings: once a Month

Mbarara University of Science and Technology REC
Host Institution: Mbarara University of Science and Technology
REC Number: UG-REC-005
REC Chairperson: Dr. Francis Bajunirwe (0772576396,fbaj@yahoo.com)
REC Administrator: Ketty Namajja (0782665888, namajja_ketty@yahoo.com)
Contact Information: P O Box 1410 Mbarara
Date of Accreditation: 8th June 2017
Valid until: 8th June 2020
Nature of Protocols: All
Members: 11
Schedule of Meetings: Once a month

School of Medicine REC
Host Institution: Makerere University College of Health Sciences
REC Number: UG-REC-006
REC Chairperson: Dr. Ponsiano Ochama
(0772421190,ponsiano.ocama@gmail.com)
REC Administrator: Ms. Aida Nakawunde
Contact Information: (0787234999, aidan.kiseka@gmail.com),
P O Box 7072 Kampala
Date of Accreditation: 15th July 2017
Valid until: 15th July 2020
Nature of Protocols: All
Members: 18
Schedule of Meetings: Twice a month

School of Biomedical Sciences REC
Host Institution: Makerere University College of Health Sciences
REC Number: UG-REC-007
REC Chairperson: Dr. Erisa Mwaka (0752575050, erisamwaka@yahoo.com)
REC Administrator: Ms. Peace Ankwasiibwe
Contact Information: (0701940363, irbbiomedicalsciences@gmail.com)
Date of Accreditation: 2nd September 2014
Valid until: 2nd September 2017
Nature of Protocols: All
Members: 12
Schedule of Meetings: Twice a month

TASO REC
Host Institution: The AIDS Support Organization (TASO)
REC Number: UG-REC-009
REC Chairperson: Mr. Celestin Bakanda (0752-774 178, bakandac@tasouganda.org)
REC Administrator: Mr. Andrew Ojoko
Contact Information: (0757181373, mijumbia@tasouganda.org)
P O Box 11485 Kampala
Date of Accreditation: 21st April 2015
Valid until: 21st April 2018
Nature of Protocols: All
Members: 12
Schedule of Meetings: Once a month

Mbale Regional Referral Hospital REC
Host Institution: Mbale Regional Hospital
REC Number: UG-REC-011
REC Chairperson: Dr. JSO Obbo-(0772437407)
(steven.obbo@gmail.com)
REC Administrator: Mr. Charles Okwii
Contact Information: (0779-838293 rohocharles@gmail.com)
Date of accreditation: 15th March 2016
Valid until: 15th November 2019
Nature of Protocols: All
Members: 11
Schedule of Meetings: once a Month

School of Health Sciences REC
Host Institution: Makerere University College of Health Sciences
REC Number: UG-REC-010
REC Chairperson: Mr. Paul Kutyabami (0772404970, paulkutyabami@yahoo.com)
REC Administrator: Ms. Stella Imot
Contact Information: (0774313924, healthsciences.irb@gmail.com)
P O Box 7072 Kampala
Date of Accreditation: 04th August 2015
Valid until: 04th August 2018
Nature of Protocols: All
Members: 12
Schedule of Meetings: once a Month

Mengo Hospital REC
Host Institution: Mengo Hospital
REC Number: UG-REC-008
REC Chairperson: Dr. Grace Kawooya (0772505189, kawooyagm@yahoo.co.uk)
REC Administrator: Ms. Pamella Yvonne
Contact Information: (0772084737, pamelahyvonne@gmail.com)
Date of Accreditation: 3rd February 2015
Valid until: 3rd February 2018
Nature of Protocols: All
Members:
Schedule of Meetings: Once a month

Mbale Regional Referral Hospital REC
Host Institution: Mbale Regional Hospital
REC Number: UG-REC-011
REC Chairperson: Dr. JSO Obbo-(0772437407)
(steven.obbo@gmail.com)
REC Administrator: Mr. Charles Okwii
Contact Information: (0779-838293 rohocharles@gmail.com)
Date of accreditation: 15th March 2016
Valid until: 15th November 2019
Nature of Protocols: All
Members: 11
Schedule of Meetings: once a Month

St Mary’s Hospital Lacor Hospital REC
Host Institution: Lacor Hospital
REC Number: UG-REC-012
REC Chairperson: Dr. Martin Ogwang, ogwang.martin@lacorhospital.org
REC Administrator: Mr. Odongkara Moses
Contact Information: (0783449244, mosesodongkara@yahoo.com)
P O Box 180 Gulu
Date of Accreditation: 10th May 2016
Valid until: 10th May 2019
Nature of Protocols: All
Members: 11
Schedule of Meetings: once a Month

Mild May Uganda Research &Ethics Committee (MUREC)
Host Institution: Mild May Uganda
REC Number: UG-REC-013
REC Chairperson: Dr. Christine Nabiryo, 0776619148, naujoj11@gmail.com)
REC Administrator: Ms. Eve Namitala
Contact Information: (0774011240, eve.namitala@mildmay.or.ug)
P O Box 24985
Date of Accreditation: 11th May 2017
Valid until: 11th May 2020
Nature of Protocols: All
Members: 11
Schedule of Meetings: once a Month

Mulago Hospital Research & Ethics Committee (MHREC)
Host Institution: Mulago Hospital
REC Number: UG-REC-014
REC Chairperson: Dr. Fred Nakwagala (0772-325869, nakwagala@yahoo.com)
REC Administrator: Ms. Evelyn Namwase
Contact Information: (0752-818584, evelynnamwase@gmail.com)
Date of Accreditation: 13th May 2014
Valid until: 13th May 2017
Nature of Protocols: All
Members: 13
Schedule of Meetings: once a Month

International Health Sciences University REC
Host Institution: International Health Sciences University
REC Number: UG-REC-015
REC Chairperson: Dr. Samuel Kabwigu (0779-610100, skabwigu@mujhu.org)
REC Administrator: Ms. Atim Fiona
Contact Information: (0772-641823, ihsu-rec@ihsu.ac.ug)
P. O. Box7782, Kampala Kisugu -Namuwongo
Date of Accreditation: 15th July 2017
Valid until: 15th July 2020
Nature of Protocols: All
Members: 11
Schedule of Meetings: once a Month

Hospice Africa Uganda REC
Host Institution: Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa
REC Number: UG-REC-016
REC Chairperson: Prof. Stanley Acuda (0414510089,
wsacuda@hospiceafrica.or.ug)
REC Administrator: Ms. Harriet Nakiganda
Contact Information: (0782542196,
hnakiganda@hospiceafrica.or.ug)
P. O. Box 7757, Kampala Makindye
Date of Accreditation: 3rd February 2015
Valid until: 3rd February 2018
Nature of Protocols: All
Members: 11
Schedule of Meetings: once a Month

Gulu University REC
Host Institution: Gulu University
REC Number: UG-REC-017
REC Chairperson: Dr. Gerald Obai (0772305621, lekobai@yahoo.com)
REC Administrator: Mr. Robert Kiduma
Contact Information:(mkiduma@yahoo.com)
Date of Accreditation: 3rd February 2015
Valid until: 3rd February 2018
Nature of Protocols: All
Members: 13
Schedule of Meetings: once a Month

Vector Control Division REC
Host Institution: Vector Control Division
REC Number: UG-REC-018
REC Chairperson: Dr. Abbas Kakembo (0771828378,kakemboabbas@gmail.com)
REC Administrator: Ms. Fausta Mbabazi
Contact Information: (0775814464, mbabazifjk@gmail.com)
P.O. Box 1661, Kampala, Mulago
Date of Accreditation: 6th October 2015
Valid until: 6th October 2018
Nature of Protocols: All
Members: 07
Schedule of Meetings: once a Month

Uganda Cancer Institute REC
Host Institution: Uganda Cancer Institute
REC Number: UG-REC-019
REC Chairperson: Dr. David Kyadondo (0772410806, kyaddondo@hotmail.com)
REC Administrator: Ms. Rebecca Kampi
Contact Information: (0712950776, ucirec@uci.or.ug)
P.O. Box 3935, Kampala, Mulago
Date of accreditation: 6th October 2015
Valid until: 6th October 2018
Nature of Protocols: All
Members: 15
Schedule of Meetings: once a Month

St Francis Hospital Nsambya REC
Host Institution: St Francis Hospital Nsambya
REC Number: UG-REC-020
REC Chairperson: Prof. Ignatius Kakande (,0772501745
igkakande@gmail.com)
REC Administrator: Ms. Carol Nakafeero
Contact Information: (0771892561, ncarolhall@yahoo.com)
P.O. Box 3935, Kampala, Nsambya
Date of Accreditation: 12th April 2016
Valid until: 12th April 2019
Nature of Protocols: All
Members: 13
Schedule of Meetings: once a Month

Kampala International University REC

Host Institution:  Kampala International University Western Campus
REC Number:     UG-REC 023
REC Chairperson:     Prof. John Rwomushana (0772 387977, jrwomushana@gmail.com)
REC Administrator:    Ms. Medrine Kyomuhendo(0774 833477, kmedrine@gmail.com)
Contact information:   P.O Box 71 Ishaka
Date of Accreditation: 6th April 2017
Valid until:    6th April 2020
Nature of protocols:    All
Members:     13
Schedule of Meetings:   once a month

Makerere University School of Social Sciences REC

Host Institution: Makerere University School of Social Sciences
REC Number:     UG-REC-021
REC Chairperson:  Dr. Stella Neema (, 0772457576; sheisim@yahoo.com)
REC Administrator:    Ms. Judith Birungi
Contact information:  (0777669443, bijulied@yahoo.co.uk) P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda
Date of Accreditation: 9th August 2016
Valid until:   9th August 2019
Nature of protocols:    All
Members:     11
Schedule of Meetings:   once a month

THETA Uganda REC

Host Institution: THETA Uganda
REC Number:    UG-REC-022
REC Chairperson: Dr. Patrick Ogwang (0712491054; faithpatricko@yahoo.com)
REC Administrator:    Ms. Vivian Amito
Contact information:  (vamito@thetaug.org) P.O. Box 21175, Kamwokya
Date of Accreditation: 6th September 2016
Valid until:   6th September 2019
Nature of protocols:    All
Members:     13
Schedule of Meetings:   once a month

School of Public Health REC

Host Institution: Makerere University College of Health Sciences
REC Number:   UG-REC-004
REC Chairperson: Dr. Suzanne Kiwanuka (0772886377, skiwanuka@musph.ac.ug)
REC Administrator:    Mr. Wilson Tusiime
Contact information: (0772496136, wtusiime@musph.ac.ug) P O 7072 Kampala
Date of Accreditation: 8th June 2017
Valid until:   8th June 2020
Nature of protocols:    All
Members:     17
Schedule of Meetings:   once a month