Table 3

Main functions of research ethics committees in countries that reported their existence


Percentage (Frequency)

Review and approve all research protocols on human subjects

100% (18/18)

Ensure that projects sponsored by external donors are submitted for approval to ethical clearance committee of the initiating country

5% (1/18)

Build the capacity of institutional and regional ethical clearance committees

11% (2/18)

Give clearance for export of samples or specimens for research related to human health

5% (1/18)

Coordinating and promoting research

22% (4/18)

Kirigia et al. BMC Medical Ethics 2005 6:10   doi:10.1186/1472-6939-6-10

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