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: 20th June 2013
Valid until: 20th June 2016
Nature of Protocols: All
Members: 11
Schedule of Meetings: once a month

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: 9th August 2013
Valid until: 9th August 2016
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: 9th August 2013
Valid until: 9th August 2016
Nature of Protocols: All
Members: 12
Schedule of Meetings: once a Month