Research Ethics Committee

Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences

The Research Ethics Committee (REC) is an institutional body responsible to appraise ethical implications of proposed human research studies conducted at the Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences, by faculty, students or visiting scholars and to determine whether or not they are acceptable on ethical grounds.

Responsibilities of Research Ethics Committee

The Research Ethics Committee shall:
  • Review and approve (with or without modification) or withhold approval, proposals for research on human subjects tissue, products, foetus or genetic material from human subjects, whether dead or alive by the University’s faculty members, students or visiting scholars, on the basis of ethical considerations.
  • Advocate, encourage and monitor “best practice” ethical standards in research; protect subjects of research from unnecessary harm; preserve the rights of the subjects and provide reassurance, where required, to the public that this is being done.
  • Undertake a regular review of the on going research for any unethical practices.
  • Record in database, information pertaining to all research proposals including name, address and qualifications of the Principal Investigator(s), the financial sponsor, title of the project, research methodology and the research objectives.

Powers of Research Ethics Committee

The Committee may:
  • Reject the research proposal in whole or in part
  • Revoke approval if dissatisfied with the conduct of the research or of the researcher
  • Defer consideration of a research proposal to a subsequent meeting if substantial modification is required or where significant additional information is needed.
  • Authorize the research to proceed without requiring any amendment.
  • Require clarification or modification of parts of the research submission. The Chair will normally be granted authority to approve the amendments without requiring further deliberations by the full Committee