TASO Institutional Review Committee (IRC)

Introduction
TASO IRC was accredited by the Uganda National Council of Science Technology-UNCST (A semi-autonomous government agency established in 1990 by ACT of Parliament (CAP 209) to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects.  TASO IRC was accredited in August 2011 as an independent IRB of record (UG-IRC-009) for harnessing the benefits of research while protecting the rights and welfare of human research participants.

IRC Authority
The TASO IRC is an independent ethics committee whose authority includes to approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), or disapprove all research activities. Monitoring of approved studies; suspend or terminate approval of research that is not being conducted in accordance with the IRC's requirements or that has been associated with unexpected serious harm to subjects. This is done under the premise of principles guiding research with human subjects listed below:

  • Beneficence: To maximize benefits for science, humanity, and research participants and to avoid or minimize risk or harm.
  • Respect for persons: To protect the autonomy and privacy rights of participants.
  • Justice: To ensure the fair distribution among persons and groups of the costs and benefits of research.

Over the years the TASO IRC has reviewed and approved 269 researches.

IRC Composition and Recruitment
TASO IRC is composed of twelve (12) members including alternates appointed by the Executive Director with

  • Varying academic and professional backgrounds (Doctors, Statisticians, Social scientists, sociologists and health planning specialists, public health specialists, nursing officers, behavioral specialists, laboratory technologist) with respect to gender, race and cultural background sufficient enough to cater for both scientific and non-scientific reviews.
  • All the members are trained in basic research ethics. We have a community representative who reflects the values of the research community and the community from which the research subjects are drawn.  TASO IRC may, at its discretion, invite individuals with competence in special areas to assist in the review of issues which require expertise beyond or in addition to that available on the IRC. 
  • Inclusion of affiliated members. A member is considered “affiliated” if they or a member of their immediate family is a full or part-time employee (or has adjunct appointment) of the institution.
  • Inclusion of non-affiliated members who are not otherwise affiliated with the institution and who are not part of the immediate family of a person who is affiliated with the institution.

The office is run by an administrator who handles the day to day affairs of the IRC and serves as an ex-officio on the committee.

Declaration of Conflict of Interest
Ensure that steps to manage, reduce or eliminate potential or real conflicts of interest (financial, role (investigator/patient relationships), and/or institutional) have been taken; outlined in the Declaration of Conflict form
Determine that the principal investigator and all other investigators of the proposed research activity have met all current educational requirements, trained and experienced to conduct the research.

Continuing Review
TASO IRC conducts continuing review of research at least once per year.

Communication with Researchers
The IRC notifies investigators and the institution in writing of its decision to approve or disapprove a proposed research activity or of modifications required to obtain IRC approval of the research activity.

Meeting Schedule: The IRC meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month.
Typical period of time for review: An expedited review takes ten (10) working days while for a full review, a researcher waits until the full committee meeting sits and then feedback is provided. An application for exempt review is considered by the chairperson for approval.

Considerations for submission of your protocol: We accept both hard copies (two copies). Please attach a letter of introduction from your institution of affiliation or any other IRC approval; a receipt of payment for the category of study; the CVs of principle investigators and certificates of completion of ethical training for foreign investigators, the consent documents and translated versions if necessary and lastly an IRC Research application form seeking ethical review which is also attached hereto. TASO Research Application Form

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further information needed.

Mijumbi Andrew Ojok
TASO IRC Administrator
+256 785 037496
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Our specialist team members that can further be contacted include:

Mr. Bakanda Celestin
Chairperson, TASO IRC
+256 752 774 178
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Dr. Birungi Josephine
Manager Research and Vice-Chairperson, TASO IRC
+256 752 774 133
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Mr. Okoboi Stephen
Research Officer and Secretary, TASO IRC
+256 752 774 152
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Conflict of Interest Declaration   Research Application Form