Welcome to the Committee for Research Ethics and Integrity
(A subcommittee of the Senate Research Committee)
The Committee of Senate for Research Ethics and Integrity commenced its activities in 2000 as a standing committee of Senate after approval of a proposal put forward by the Academic Planning Committee. Senate approved the establishment of this committee against the background of the need for an overall, structured organisation of research planning and integrity within the University, in addition to individual ethics committees at faculty level.
During 2004 a Senate Research Committee was established at the University. The establishment of this Committee arose from the HEQC Pilot Audit which was conducted in 2003 as well as the new Statute of the University of Pretoria, which came into operation on 2 January 2004. The HEQC Report was released during 2004 and inter alia recommended that a Research Committee should be instituted at Senate level. On 13 May 2004 Senate approved the establishment and composition of the Senate Research Committee. The inaugural meeting of the Senate Research Committee took place on 3 November 2004.
As a result of these developments, the Senate Committee for Research Ethics and Integrity became a subcommittee of the newly established Senate Research Committee, and was renamed the Committee for Research Ethics and Integrity. The composition of the latter was later amended, having the effect that the Vice-Principals and Registrar became ex officio members of the Senate Research Committee. The Animal Use and Care Committee (AUCC) continued to function as a subcommittee/working group of the Committee for Research Ethics and Integrity.
The Committee for Research Ethics and Integrity is currently composed as follows: The Vice-Principal responsible for Research (the Chairperson); the chairpersons of the various faculty ethics committees; the chairperson of the faculty-wide Animal Use and Care Committee (AUCC); and the director of the Department of Academic Administration, who is an ex officio member of the Committee.