International RECs/IRBs and Capacity Building

International Research Ethics Committees (RECs) and Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) provide a safeguard for participants’ safety and rights. International RECs/IRBs resources and references are listed below.

  • SIDCER 
    The Strategic Initiative for Developing Capacity in Ethical Review (SIDCER) is a network of independently established regional forums for ethical review committees, health researchers and invited partner organizations with an interest in the development of ethical review.

  • AAHRPP 
    The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP), helps organizations worldwide strengthen their human research protection programs and provides a list of accredited organizations both nationally and internationally, including: Canada, China, India, Korea, and Singapore.

  • FERCAP 
    Forum for Ethical Review Committees in the Asian and Western Pacific Region (FERCAP), aims to improve understanding and implementation of ethical review for behavioral and biomedical researchers in Asia and the Western Pacific region.

  • Reviewing Clinical Trials: A Guide for the Ethics Committee (pdf) 
    Created with the intention to promote human research protection of participants in clinical trials internationally. Edited by Johann P.E. Karlberg (Clinical Trials Centre, Univ. of Hong Kong) and Marjorie Speers of AAHRPP. Sponsored by Pfizer, an AAHRPP accredited pharmaceutical company, through a "non-binding" grant.

  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health International Resources 
    Links to international resources from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Last updated: November 15, 2013