National Health Act, 2003 (Act No. 61 of 2003)
Chapter 9 : National Health Research and Information
73. Health research ethics committees
|(1)||Every institution. health agency and health establishment at which health research is conducted, must establish or have access to a health research ethics committee, which is registered with the National Health Research Ethics Council.|
|(2)||A health research ethics committee must—|
|(a)||review research proposals and protocols in order to ensure that research conducted by the relevant institution, agency or establishment will promote health, contribute to the prevention of communicable or non-communicable diseases or disability or result in cures for communicable or non-communicable diseases; and|
|(b)||grant approval for research by the relevant institution, agency or establishment in instances where research proposals and protocol meet the ethical standards of that health research ethics committee.|
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