Ethical Review Committee
The Ethical Review Committee (ERC) is a standing committee of the University Research Council (URC). ERC is concerned with all research projects involving human subjects, whether as individuals or communities. The use of foetal material, embryos and tissues from the recently dead, supported and undertaken by Aga Khan University (AKU) faculty, staff or students, wherever conducted, is reviewed by ERC before a study can begin. The duration of approval granted for a study is limited. Any change in conditions that could affect the rights of subjects during a study must be approved for the study to continue. ERC approves amendments to protocols that affect human subjects.
The ERC provides written guidelines on ethical considerations for research involving humans.
The ERC may withdraw approval if dissatisfied with the conduct of the investigation.
Membership on the ERC includes representation from researchers, professional disciplines, discerning public, legal expertise and both genders.