Researchers of studies making use of human participants are advised to familiarise themselves with these documents prior to the completion and submission of an application form. Failure to do so might result in a delay in the review and approval of the application.

  • REC-H Terms of Reference: This document defines the purpose, structure, scope and limitations of REC-H.
  • REC-H Standard Operating Procedures: This document serves as a guide for all stakeholders (researchers and reviewers, amongst others) to achieve efficiency, quality output and uniformity of performance in the carrying out of their tasks in the context of research with human participants.
  • Department of Health Research Ethics Guidelines (2015): This document provides the minimum national benchmark of norms and standards for conducting responsible and ethical research.
  • The Belmont Report: This report propagates the 3 ethics principles of beneficence, justice and respect for persons. The purpose of the report is to protect subjects and participants in research studies.
  • Summary of Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA): This document summarises the most important aspects of the Protection of Personal Information Act, a legal requirement for all studies collecting personal data from human participants.
  • Nelson Mandela University Code of Conduct for Researchers: This policy gives expression to the values that apply at the Nelson Mandela University and to which all researchers (students, academic and support staff) commit themselves in their research activities.
  • Nelson Mandela University Research Ethics Policy: This policy aims to promote awareness of fundamental ethical standards, principles and practices when conducting research with human participants.

Depending upon the context of the study, researchers of studies making use of human participants might have a need to familiarise themselves with and/or reference a selection of these documents, not necessarily an exhaustive list.