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Ethics Committee

A college ethics committee, also known as an institutional review board (IRB) or research ethics board (REB), is a group responsible for reviewing and overseeing research involving human participants conducted within an academic institution. The primary purpose of these committees is to ensure that research activities adhere to ethical principles and guidelines, with a focus on protecting the rights, well-being, and confidentiality of the participants.

Key responsibilities of a college ethics committee typically include:
1. Reviewing Research Protocols:The committee evaluates research proposals to ensure they meet ethical standards. This includes assessing the research design, methods, and informed consent process.
2. Informed Consent: Ensuring that participants are fully informed about the nature of the research, its purpose, potential risks, and benefits, and that they voluntarily agree to participate.
3. Risk-Benefit Analysis: Assessing the potential risks and benefits of the research to participants and determining whether the benefits justify any potential harm or discomfort.
4. Confidentiality:Ensuring that researchers have appropriate plans to protect the confidentiality of participants and their data.
5. Monitoring and Oversight:Regularly monitoring ongoing research to ensure continued compliance with ethical standards and intervening if any ethical concerns arise during the course of the study.
6. Education and Training:Providing education and training to researchers, students, and staff to promote awareness of ethical principles and guidelines.
7. Compliance with Regulations:Ensuring that research conducted within the institution complies with local, national, and international regulations and ethical standards.
8. Responding to Ethical Concerns:Investigating and addressing any ethical concerns or complaints related to research conducted within the institution.

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