Welcome to the official website of the Ethical Review Committee (ERC) of the Faculty of Medicine, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU).
Ethical Review Committee of Faculty of Medicine, KDU was established in 2011 with the aim of facilitating human subjects research and to ensure the rights and welfare of human subjects are protected during their participation. General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University upholds the highest standards in the ethical conduct of research, including the protection of human participants, while enabling its faculty, staff and students to conduct research in a timely and efficient manner. The primary task of ERC is to facilitate those objectives by reviewing, approving, modifying or disapproving research protocols submitted by researchers. Ethical Review Committee of Faculty of Medicine, KDU strives to create a culture of respect for, and awareness of, the rights and welfare of human research participants, while advancing knowledge and facilitating the highest quality research.
What Needs Ethics Review Committee Approval?
All human subjects’ research must receive approval from the ERC. Therefore, if your research meets the definitions of both research and human subjects, you must complete the ERC process.
Research projects of the following types are considered:
- Biomedical research involving human participants of their specimens or data
- Health-related research involving communities or healthcare systems, including health policy research
- Animals research that is conducted to study questions that are relevant to human health
Resubmission should be handed over to the ERC office by second Thursday day of each month.
Click here to download the application form