The Office of Research Integrity and Compliance Committee fosters a research environment that promotes respect for the rights and welfare of individuals recruited for, or participating in, research conducted by, or under the auspices of, FTM. ORIC supports the FTM Ethics Committee (FTM-EC), to ensure that human-subject research at FTM is appropriate and conforms to the relevant laws & regulations, and to facilitate excellence in research involving human subjects.
FTM and its researchers have responsibilities towards all human research participants. These include ensuring their well-being, maintaining their confidentiality, and managing their data effectively.
The EC is responsible for ensuring research conforms to the highest ethical standards. The EC ensures that research involving human participants is designed for maximum research benefit and minimum risk of harm, and that research participants are fully informed.
The FTM-EC follows the guidelines of the Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) and other national and international regulations and standards.
All FTM research (by staff, students or other individuals/organizations affiliated with the Faculty) involving human participants must be reviewed and approved by the EC before the research can be conducted. No study should commence until ethical approval has been given in writing. The EC does not provide retrospective reviews.