The Ethics Review Committee (ERC), Pakistan ensures that AEIRC conducts and supports research of only highly ethical standards and the projects adhere to supreme principles that protect the dignity and rights of human participants.
The ERC is responsible to look after all the research projects involving living species either human subjects or animal, in form of individuals or community. Any changes occur during or before study must be approved by ERC in order to continue the research study. The ERC provides written guidelines on ethical considerations for research involving human subjects or animal subjects. Research studies can be audited by ERC at any time to ensure the compliance with guidelines. It has all the authority to withdraw an approval if it finds dissatisfactory condition upon investigation.
Members of the ERC have a relevant background from research and professional disciplines, discerning public and legal expertise. The Chief Academic Officer in consultation with the ERC Chairs appoint the members.The tenure of AEIRC members on ERC is three years which may be renewed for one term. The tenure of external members is also of one year which may be renewed for another term of one year at the discretion of the Chair ERC based on the attendance and quality of input by the member.
The process starts with reviewing of all the applications submitted by the third Saturday of each month. The Committee meets last Saturdays of every month in coordination with the administration and academic division and therefore reviewing process is proceeded. The outcome of review is communicated to the researchers within two weeks after the ERC meeting. In cases where clarification is sought, ERC will notify the Principal Investigator to respond within three months. If the PI fails to respond in the given time, ERC will close the file and the PI will be required to start a new ERC application. The Board of Governors approved the Ethics Committee’s Rules and Procedures (AEIRC, 2015) those were effective from October 3, 2015.