Health Consortium members trained on Basic Research Ethics
Adherence to applicable ethics in research is vital in generating quality ethical researches. As part of this endeavor, the Cordillera Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (CRHRDC) in coordination with the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) conducted the Basic Research Ethics Training on the 3rd and 4th of May, 2017 held at the Abraham F. Sarmiento Hall, University of the Philippines Baguio, Governor Pack Road, Baguio City. Thirty-seven (37) participants attended the said training.
The training’s objective is to deliver the protocols observed locally and internationally in developing ethical researches to the Institutional Ethics Review Committees (IERCs) of the member institutions as well as to the researchers present. The activity also aimed to sensitize the participants of the basic ethics concepts and eventually apply it in their own institutions and studies.
Dr. Raymundo Rovillos, Chair of CRHRDC, conveyed the welcoming remarks. He hopes that the training would enliven the ethical review process of the IERCs which can likewise be an encouragement to the researchers.
The resource speakers from PHREB were Dr. Ricardo Manalastas Jr. and Prof. Peter Sy who passionately discussed their respective topics. A series of open forums, group works, presentations, and role-plays were conducted by the speakers to provide an interactive setting for learning. The first day of the training focused on the Basic Principles of ethics in research. The lectures highlighted the Scientific Soundness, Principles of Beneficence, Non-maleficence, Justice, and Informed Consent. The group activities underscored the Harms, Risks and Benefits, and review of the protocols. Topics to ensure ethical soundness were discoursed during the second day of the training. These topics include the Social and Behavioral Research, National, International, and Institutional Controls (REC), After-Review Processes, and the Ethical Researcher.
As a conclusion, the members of the IERC present in the training were challenged to expedite the ethics review process in the hope of producing quality ethical researches.