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Strathmore University – Institutional Ethics Review Committee

The Strathmore University Institutional Ethics Review Committee (SU-IERC) is accredited by the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) to conduct ethics reviews of research protocols in the human and behavioral sciences. The main SU-IERC is responsible for reviewing proposals that have major ethical and scientific risks, such as clinical trials.

However, a subcommittee of the IERC is also involved in reviewing proposals with minimal ethical risks and also deal with ethical approvals for undergraduate, masters and PhD research proposals from within and outside Strathmore University. Scientific approval of undergraduate, masters and PhDs is decentralised to the schools and faculties.

Some of the statutory mandates informing the IERC Strathmore University include:

  • National Science and Technology Act (Cap 250), 1979;
  • ICH Good Clinical Practices Guidelines;
  • Research Clearance in Kenya (NCST No. 15, 1984);
  • International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals;
  • Council for International Organizations for Medical Sciences (CIOMS), 1985;
  • Belmont Report; and other internationally accepted best practices in the conduct of clinical research in human subjects. 

To submit a protocol to the SU-IERC  Click here

Protocol Submission Guidelines

Before submitting a protocol or paying the ethics review fee, it is important to know which category of researcher you fall in. Download and read the forms below (See Guidelines and IRB Fee and Bank Details).

About RHInnO Ethics

SU-IERC uses RHInnO Ethics, an online Protocol Management System. RHInnO Ethics offers cloud-based management of the research ethics review process. Its basis is facilitating the management from protocol submission to review to approval to follow-up. Researchers will find it easy to upload their files, receive immediate feedback that submission is complete, and can follow the progress of the review. A researcher will be required to create an account by completing the fields as well as attaching necessary research documents.

Features of RHInnO Ethics 2.1

The Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED), the developer of the RHInnO Ethics platform, has introduced RHInnO Ethics 2.1. The new version is a major upgrade of the former platform (RHInnO Ethics 1.2). It offers an improved experience, as well as new functionalities. Many of these were developed based on feedback from the growing user network.

RHInnO Ethics is an ideal, cloud-based software service that enables effective and efficient management of REC’s information and administration through e-submission, e-tracking and e-reviews of protocols. This strengthens communication between researchers, administrators, and reviewers.

Furthermore, RHInnO Ethics 2.1 is offering more than that. It is more user friendly, with multiple interfaces redesigned to deliver the best experience for reviewers and applicants. It has new functionalities that will improve quality, speed up multi-centre reviews, and add to the ongoing learning of RECs.

Similarly, selected workflows have been redesigned to allow for increased efficiency throughout the application life cycle. The most loved features of version 1.2 have been maintained to ensure, amongst other things, automated saving, low bandwidth usage and secure data storage and backup.

Contact and Support

For any enquiries, please get in touch with us through;

Strathmore University,
P.O Box 59857-00200,Nairobi-Kenya.
Tel: +254 (0) 703 034158
Email: ethicsreview@strathmore.edu
Madaraka Estate, Ole Sangale Road