March 03, 2021
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This SOPs for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Ghana- Institutional Review Committee (CSIR-IRB) to govern the affairs and running of the IRB. Currently, most IRBs in the country are institutional base however, due to the absence of a National Ethical Guidelines, most IRBs adhere to International Guidelines thus the definition of a local setting may be limited to their institutional mandate of research even though most review international and multi-centered research as well.

Since CSIR has been mandated to coordinate all research activities in the country, it would be appropriate for it SOPs to have a wider coverage than limited to its 13 institutions. SOPs are written policies and procedures articulated and specified to govern IRB membership, the secretariats and the research community in carrying out their duties. To ensure efficient operation, the policies, rules, and written procedures will be reviewed periodically in the light of ongoing assessment of performance and outcomes to determine whether any revisions are needed.

The IRB of the CSIR has been mandated for the review of studies in the fields of health and social sciences, including anthropology, sociology, and psychology according to the national act binding the CSIR. The research areas mostly under critical scrutiny include clinical trials of drugs or devices, epidemiological and parasitological studies, health care systems and delivery. Other areas include studies of social behavior, personal, opinions and attitudes.

The objective of this SOP is to contribute to effective functioning of Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), for quality and consistent ethical review mechanism of health and biomedical research.

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