About the System

The committee is fully accredited by the National Commission for Science, Technology & Innovation (NACOSTI) on the recommendation of the National Bioethics Committee (NBC) to review research proposals for scientific and ethical clearance before issuance of research permits.

Our registration number is NACOSTI/NBC/AC/03221.

Proposal submission procedure

Before submitting your proposal for ethics review, please take note of the following important information:

  • Ensure that your proposal is up to standard. It should be free of obvious typographical, technical and ethical flaws;
  • Ensure that you have all other requisite approvals (institutional registration of your proposal e.g. Institute of Post Graduate Studies for all post graduate research, introduction letter from the HoD for all undergraduate research);
  • Fill in and submit a comprehensive application form. Provide concise and accurate responses to questions on the form;
  • Submit a well identified (full name) and dated full proposal document. Be sure to attach all supporting documents including and where applicable: questionnaire, consent form, diary cards, work plans, case report forms, interview guides, investigators’ CVs etc;
  • Proposals shall be submitted at most 2 weeks prior to the scheduled ISERC meeting. Any proposal submitted after the set time shall be automatically put on the waiting list for consideration during the subsequent meeting.
  • All applications shall be made in simple and easy to understand English language;
  • You may apply for ethical review under the following categories
Application Process 
  1. Prepare your proposal in line with the guidelines provided (click here to download the guidelines)
  2. Where applicable, fill in the “Inclusion of vulnerable populations form”. Vulnerable populations include: children, persons with disability, economically disadvantaged, elderly, homeless, mentally ill, persons with chronic diseases etc). (click here to download the form)
  3. If your study entails a study product (pharmaceutical or other device), proper: safety, pharmacological, toxicological as well as evidence of clinical experience with the study product must be submitted.
  4. Submit the proposal together with all supporting documents - Evidence of payment,  CV's  and others as specified above.
  5. Application Link -> https://forms.gle/y6K9xikJd1xftjDj7