Abstract: Key Message: Mapping African Research Ethics Review Capacity (MARC) Project developed an interactive web-based resource map of African RECs.
“Currently, health research initiatives worldwide are increasing in both scope and complexity, especially in developing countries. (1) The increase in the number of health research activities in African countries necessitates sound ethical review structures and functions in the form of research ethics committees (RECs). REC review of health research protocols is acknowledged as being the cornerstone of international guidelines regarding research involving human subjects.
The MARC (Mapping African Research Ethics Review Capacity) Project, a three-year initiative funded by the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP; www.edctp.org), aimed to develop an interactive, web-based resource map of Africa’s RECs, indicating REC capacity and capacity-building initiatives. A secondary objective of the MARC Project was to map medicines regulatory authorities (MRAs), and to facilitate better links between MRAs and RECs. MARC received supplementary funding from Pfizer (www.pfizer.com), and from the Fogarty International Center of the US NIH, through the South African Research Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI; www.sareti.ukzn.ac.za/Homepage.aspx).”
Mokgatla-Moipolai, B., IJsselmuiden, C., & Wassenaar, D.R. (2014). MARC (Mapping African research ethics review) project. In M. Kruger, P. Ndebele & L. Horn (Eds.) Research Ethics in Africa: A Resource for Research Ethics Committees (pp. 11-20). Stellenbosch: SUN Media. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272567012_4_Mokgatla-Moipolai_B_IJsselmuiden_C_Wassenaar_DR_2014_MARC_Mapping_African_research_ethics_review_project…
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