The research ethics compliance structure comprises of the University of Zululand Research Ethics Committee (UZREC) and the Faculty Research Ethics Committees (FRECs). At present UZREC deals with both human and animal research and accepts external research for ethical review. UZREC is an accredited Research Ethics Committee under the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) – (Registration No: UZREC 171110-30-RA Level 02). The University has established a separate Animal Research Ethics Committee (AREC) which will be a sub-committee of UZREC. UZREC reports to SENATE and its mandate is to oversee the safety, rights and welfare of human participants and animal in research. The composition and functions of the committee must meet standards, principles, structures, processes and requirements specified by the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC).
The person seeking ethical approval for proposed research shall prepare the following documentation, as appropriate:
– A completed Research Ethics Protocol/Application form.
– A fully-motivated project/research proposal stating and/or containing,
– A description of the research, including a clear statement on whether or not the research involves any of the following: human health, animals, vulnerable people, therapeutic research involving children and/or sensitive issues regarding rights, beliefs, perceptions, customs and cultural heritage issues.
All postgraduate students registered with the University seeking ethical clearance must make their submissions to the Deputy Dean Research and Internalization at Faculty level.
All external application must be submitted to the Research Office, email to Siyanda Manqele
An expedited ethical clearance process may be followed in the following instances:
– Where the research involves desktop, library work or laboratory work only.
– Where data will be collected but not from human participants or animals.
– Where some data collection activity will take place, but the research raises minimal levels of ethical concern AND ethical clearance is urgently required.
– In exceptional cases, where it is in the public interest to expedite the process.
– Expedited review may not be followed where the research involves human health and/or animals, children and/or vulnerable people.