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The Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital Research Ethics Committee

The Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) Research Ethics Committee (REC or Institutional Review Board, IRB) reviews and monitors all research conducted under the auspices of the hospital.
The over-riding responsibility of the REC is to protect the well-being of study participants.
The specific purposes of the REC are:
a) To review all research proposals that involve patients, their families and the broader community receiving care at the hospital, staff and others working under the auspices of the hospital
b) To protect research participants from possible harm or danger, to preserve their rights and to reassure the community and sponsoring organisations that this is being done
c) To maintain a register of all research undertaken under the auspices of the hospital
d) To ensure that procedures are carried out in accordance with the International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) Good Clinical Practice (GCP) standards (1996)

Research projects include biomedical, behavioural, social science, and epidemiological research. The REC meets monthly and reviews research applications. These are submitted by hospital staff and also students mainly from the departments of Medicine and Nursing, University of The Gambia School of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences and the Gambia College School of Nursing and Midwifery. We also review applications for external organisations and students (e.g. American International University West Africa) that wish to involve members of the hospital community.
The membership of the REC is from a range of scientific and medical backgrounds and includes the Chair, Secretary, a statistician, representatives of the main hospital departments and lay members who are not employed by the hospital.
Most research proposals are reviewed during the monthly REC meetings. However, low-risk projects (including student projects) can be reviewed by email.
All applicants are required to submit a completed REC application form (see link below) and their research proposal. We encourage electronic applications and do not require paper copies.
We welcome observers to attend REC meetings. This must be arranged in advance with the REC Secretary, strict confidentiality must be maintained, and an observer must not be present when proposals that they are connected with in any way are reviewed.
Please see guidance to help you with submitting an application here: EFSTH REC application form vers 3.0 Jan 6th 2022EFSTH-REC

For any questions or for further information, please contact:

Mr. Samba Bah; REC secretary: [email protected]

Prof Stephen Allen; REC Chair: [email protected]

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EFSTH REC application form vers 3.0 Jan 6th 2022

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EFSTH REC end of study form_vers 1.0 March 20th 2022