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The Basic Ethics training was a two-and-a-half-day training workshop (October 29-31) organized by the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB), Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD).
The main objective of the training was to build the capacity for quality ethics review processes in research institutions. A total of twenty four (24) participants composed of the member institutions of the BCHRD and allied health workers of health agencies in Region V were the recipient of the research ethics concepts.
The speakers from the PHREB were: Dr. Cecilia Tomas, Chair of the PHREB-Subcommittee, Standards and Accreditation and Dr. Maria Salome Vios. With them were two members of the PHREB Secretariat, Ms. Marie Jeanne Berroya, who is also the Regional Coordinator for Region V and Mr. Nico Angelo Parungao.
The participants were welcomed by Dr. Alma Sorrera-Banua, BCHRD Director and Dr. Amelia Dorosan, VPAA of Bicol University, who mentioned the importance of respecting the rights of subjects of the research, of organizing an institutional ERC, and of maintaining a functioning ERC.
Among the topics discussed were the following:
1) Ethical Principles in Research (International & National)
2) Ethics and Ethical Issues in Research Proposal
A. Benefits/Risk Assessment
B. Informed Consent
C. Ethics Review Committees and Review Process
D. Ethical Issues: Vulnerable Participants, Conflict of Interest, Inducements, Use of Biologic Samples, Community Considerations
3) PCHRD Registration & Accreditation of ERCs
4) Authorship & Publication
5) SOPs for ERCs
6) National Framework for Protection of Human Research Participants
The participants were able to realize the importance of ensuring that researchers follow the highest ethical standard, observe the safety of the human participants, and ensure the quality of research output.
BCHRD Director Dr. Alma Banua welcomes the participants during the Basic Ethics Training.