Research Ethics Committee for Kenya
Chair: Dr Amyn B. Lakhani
The Aga Khan University Nairobi (AKUN) Research Ethics Committee (REC) provides independent, competent and timely review of human research projects' proposals. It ensures that research projects undertaken by AKUN 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 Council 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 2015. The REC functions as per the NACOSTI approved Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) 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, lay persons, 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.
The Committee meets on the second Monday bi-monthly with flexibility allowed on the basis of submissions. Depending on the risk level, proposals are subject to either a convened (full board), expedited, or exempt review process. For a convened review, submissions are to be made no later than two weeks to a given meeting date.