What oversight is expected from institutions at which the research is performed?

Category: Decision Making

The first level of review of plans and protocols for research and testing is likely to be performed by oversight bodies housed at the involved research institutions, although in some countries such committees may be function at the national level. Institutional Biosafety Committees may draft institutional biosafety policies and procedures and review individual research proposals for protection of health and the environment. Institutional ethics committees, also known as institutional review boards or ethical review boards, provide oversight for biomedical and behavioral research involving humans with the aim of protecting the rights and welfare of research participants. Communities where testing is proposed must be consulted on and agree to the research plans.

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