New: Research Ethics Committee Assessment Toolkit (RECAT)

Available for download: The Research Ethics Committee Assessment Toolkit (RECAT) is designed to facilitate evaluation of the operational needs of Research Ethics Committees (RECs) globally to inform local quality assurance and quality improvement efforts. The toolkit is published open-access for non-commercial use.

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The RECAT was developed by the African Bioethics Consortium (ABC) whose members include the Johns Hopkins University-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program, the University of Zambia School of Medicine, the University of Botswana Office of Research & Development, and the Makerere University College of Health Sciences.

Financial support to develop the RECAT was provided to Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Berman Institute of Bioethics though a US National Institutes of Health, Fogarty International Center and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases supplemental grant under Award No. R25TW001604. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

While we make this freely available, we ask that you please reference the following citation when using or adapting the RECAT:

African Bioethics Consortium. (2017) Research Ethics Committee Assessment Toolkit (RECAT). Johns Hopkins University. Version 1.0. Baltimore Maryland USA.

We also kindly request that you share your experiences with using the RECAT with us so we can better understand its potential application and continue to make future improvements as necessary.

Feedback can be sent via email to: jali@jhu.edu