TASO Research Ethics Committee (REC) was accredited by the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) in August 2011 as an independent Institutional Research Board (IRB) (record UG-REC-009) to harness the benefits of research while protecting the rights and welfare of human research participants. UNCST is a semi autonomous Government Agency established in 1990 by Act of Parliament (CAP 209) to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects.
TASO REC accreditation was renewed until April 20, 2021. The REC is also certified with the Department of Health and Human Services under Federalwide Assurance Certification: FW A00007922; IRB Number; IRB00011128.
Research Ethics Committee Authority
The TASO REC is an independent ethics committee whose authority includes;
- To approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), or disapprove all research activities
- Monitor approved studies
- Suspend or terminate approval of research that is not being conducted in accordance with the REC 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
To Date: TASO REC has reviewed and approved 570 researches
TASO REC composition and recruitment
TASO REC is composed of Twelve (12) members including alternates appointed by the Executive Director with;
- Varying academic and professional backgrounds. (Doctors, Statisticians, Social Scientists, Sociologists, health Planning Specialists, Public health Specialists, Nursing Officers, Behavioral Specialists, Laboratory Technologists) with respect to gender, race and cultural background sufficient enough to cater for both scientific and non- scientific views.
- All the members are trained in basic research ethics. There is a community representative who reflects the values of the research community and the community from which the research subjects are drawn. TASO REC 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 REC.
- 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 REC and serves as an ex-officio on the committee.
TASO Research Ethics Committee requirements - In order for REC to approve research under these regulations, the committee must determine that the requirements are satisfied; otherwise the research cannot be approved.
Declaration of Conflict of Interest Form - this ensures that steps to manage, reduce or eliminate potential or real conflicts of interest such as financial role, investigator/patient relationships and/or institutions have been taken.
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.
TASO REC conducts continuing review of research at least once a year, for an ongoing study.
Communication with researchers
The REC notifies investigators and the institution in writing of its decisions to approve or disapprove a proposed research activity or of modifications required to obtain REc approval.
The REC meets every 3rd Friday 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
- TASO REC accepts both hard and soft copy protocols (2 copies of either are required).
- A letter of introduction from your institution of affiliation or any other REC approval
- A receipt of payment for the category of study
- CVs of principle investigators
- Certificates of completion of ethical training for international investigators
- Consent documents and translated version if necessary
- REC Research application seeking ethical review
For more information contact;
TASO REC Administrator
Mijumbi Andrew Ojok,
+256 785 037 496
REC Committee heads;
Dr. Daniel Bogere
+256 772 139 126
Dr. David Kagimu
+256 752 774 157
Dr. Mastula Nanfuka
+256 752 774 321