All health-related biomedical and social research must, in terms if the Health Act No 61.2003 be approved by an accredited research ethics committee. At Stellenbosch University this research requires ethical clearance by one of two Health Research Ethics Committee (HREC) before the research commences.
Health-related research includes:
· interaction with human participants
· the use of potentially identifiable personal records, information or tissue specimens
· human progenitor or stem cells
Two HRECs review the full range of health research involving human subjects currently conducted under the auspices of Stellenbosch University. Meetings are every month except January and July.
· Health Research Ethics Committee 1 (HREC 1) meets on the 1st Wednesday of every month.
Franklin Weber is the coordinator for this HREC.
· Health Research Ethics Committee 2 (HREC 2) meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Mertrude Davids is the coordinator for this HREC.
HREC 1 & 2 are registered with the SA Department of Health's National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) as well as with the US Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)
Federal-Wide Assurance: FWA00001372
IRB registration: IRB00005239 (HREC 2); IRB00005240 (HREC 1)