Institutional Research Ethics Committee for Kenya

Interim Chair: Prof. Stanley Luchters

The Aga Khan University - Kenya Institutional Ethics Review Committee (IERC) provides independent, competent and timely review of human research projects' proposals. It ensures that research projects undertaken by AKU in Kenya is of the highest ethical standard in relation to protecting the dignity and rights of human participants in the study. 

The Committee draws its mandate via accreditation by the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI), Government of Kenya. The Committee received full accreditation in 2012 with a subsequent renewal for a further period of three years in 2018. The IERC functions as per the NACOSTI approved Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) and Terms of Reference (ToR) with regards to its objectives, functions, scope of responsibility, composition and documentation.


In line with NACOSTI guidelines, the Committee includes a gender-representative multidisciplinary team of experienced medical scientists, public health specialists, sociologists, laypersons, theologists, lawyers, media specialists and health systems management specialists. Members are appointed for a period of two years while the chairperson and the vice chair are appointed for a period of three years and may be reappointed at the discretion of the university.

Review Process

The Committee meets on the second Monday of every month, with flexibility allowed based on submissions. Depending on the risk level, proposals are subjected to either a convened (full committee), expedited, or exempt review process. For a convened review, submissions are to be made no later than two weeks to a given meeting date.