About The Research Ethics Committee

TASO Research Ethics Committee (REC) is accredited by the Uganda National Council of Science Technology (UNCST) – a semi-autonomous government agency established in 1990 by ACT of Parliament (CAP 209). UNCST advises the Government on relevant policy matters and coordinates research and development activities in Uganda.

TASO REC was accredited in August 2011 as an independent REC (UG-REC-009) and re-accredited until April 26th 2024, to harness the benefits of research while protecting the rights and welfare of research participants.

TASO REC also reviews in compliance with other applicable federal and state laws and regulations governing IRBs and research with human beings. The Federal Wide Assurance number is FWA00007922 (Expiry date: 10 August 2022); IRB00011128. The REC plays a vital part in ensuring that biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences research done within Uganda is of the highest scientific and ethical standards, and that the safety, rights and welfare of research participants are protected.

The REC has policies and SOPs based on the current national and international guidelines for conduct of research in order to ensure homogeneity in operations and adherence to research regulations.


To promote an environment that protects the welfare and rights of study participants and hold researchers accountable as they conduct research within accepted quality and ethical standards on behalf of UNCST and international IRBs.


Currently TASO-REC is comprised of 15 members, (13 regular members and two alternate members). The REC has two community representatives and a full time REC Administrator. The committee embraces various backgrounds in qualification, training and experience to achieve sufficient review of science and ethics in the stipulated protocols

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  1. Proposal format
  2. Application for Research approval
  3. Protocol submission requirements
  4. Protocol Review checklist
  5. Conflict of Interest Declaration Form
  6. Protocol violation reporting form
  7. Adverse event reporting Form
  8. Site monitoring report tool
  9. Amendment Form
  10. Continuing Review Form
  11. Declaration of End of Study Form
  12. Informed Consent Template
  13. TASO REC membership

For all queries and additional information contact:

REC Administrator

TASO Headquarters, Mulago; OR

+256 752 774 281

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