The Tenwek Hospital Institutional Ethics Review Committee (IERC), formerly the Tenwek Hospital Institutional Research and Ethics Committee (IREC), has been in existence since the 1990s to oversee the ethical issues surrounding research at Tenwek Hospital. Our IERC is accredited in Kenya by the National Commission for Science Technology and innovation (NACOSTI). The IERC is composed of a diverse group of individuals who advocate for and ensure research is to be done in an ethical manner. The committee is responsible for reviewing all proposed research projects, evaluating them, and ultimately deciding whether the research should be allowed to be conducted based upon the ethical and scientific merits of the project. As a NACOSTI-approved IERC, the committee remains committed to protecting the rights, safety, and dignity of individuals and communities who participate in research as governed by the applicable laws and regulations within Kenya and other relevant international bodies.
Research is defined as, “the systematic investigation, including research development, testing, and evaluation, designed to contribute to generalizable knowledge.” If you are doing a survey, a medical chart review, analyzing data, or any similar systematic investigation that you plan to present or report on to anyone outside of Tenwek Hospital, you are doing research and must have that research reviewed by the Tenwek Hospital IERC.