Research Ethics Review for Outside Institutions
The Research Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tokyo accepts requests from other research institutes as well as the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tokyo to conduct research ethics review of projects to which the “Ethical Guidelines for Medical and Health Research Involving Human Subjects” and the “Ethical Guidelines for Human Genome/Gene Analysis Research” apply.
Ethics Review request (Guidelines for research institutions other than the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tokyo)
The Research Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tokyo (the “Ethics Committee”) conducts review for various research institutions. Currently, we only accept paper-based application (Online application system is being prepared). Please contact us by email for details.
Ethics review for research institutions other than the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tokyo
The Ethics Committee accepts requests to conduct review of research projects to which the “Ethical Guidelines for Medical and Health Research Involving Human Subjects” and the “Ethical Guidelines for Human Genome and Genetic Sequencing Research” apply.
Key points confirmed before requesting review
Please consult the section administering researches in your institution about requesting ethics review to our Ethics Committee and seek their advice on necessary procedures.
Please note that the Guidelines address the process that the person in charge at an institution conducting researches seeks opinion to an ethics committee about researchers’ projects and makes decisions about the implementation of researches, etc. This also applies when you outsource review, and therefore the person in charge at your research institution should request review and decide whether to proceed with the research after review.
The Ethics Committee accepts central review request of multicenter studies conducted by several institutions as well as review request from a single institute. In such a case, the representative researcher or office or equivalent (the “representative institution”) shall handle application documents for all the research institutions participating in the project to be reviewed by the Ethics Committee (the “institutions participating in central review”).
When the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tokyo is involved, in principle, the person in charge of researches of the Faculty will handle application documents on behalf of the research representative.
Good points of central review
The representative institution prepares and handles common research proposals, etc. of a joint research on behalf of the institutions participating in central review.
Therefore, the other researchers will not be occupied with application procedures and a research can be started promptly.
・Research institutions’ responsibility stated in the Ethical Guidelines lies with your research institute(s).
・Please be sure to comply with your institute’s/institutes’ rules.
After we receive your request of research ethics review and decide to accept it, we will ask you to enter into a contract, which is followed by making checklists and other necessary documents.
Consideration of and preparation for central review request by the representative institution
The representative institution shall decide whether central review of several institutes’ joint research will be done. If review is to be done, the representative institution shall inform institutions participating in central review and confirm their consent. The representative institution shall give explanation on the review to institutions participating in central review.
Procedures for institutions participating in central review
1. You compose a research ethics review request form
Researchers wanting to request review to the Ethics Committee shall consult and ask their institution’s chief who is responsible for approval. If the chief approves, please mail a “research ethics review request form” with the chief’s seal on to the Office for Research Ethics Support of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tokyo (the “Office”).
2. We receive and accept your review request form
The Office checks the content of your review request from.
3. You prepare review documents for us to start review
You shall prepare necessary documents in accordance with our request.
4. We conduct ethics review
The Research Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tokyo conducts ethics review. We may contact you to confirm your application content and/or ask you to modify it.
5. We issue a review result notification
Upon completing review, we will issue a review result notification.
6. Your institution’s chief approves
You shall get approval to implement your research from your institution’s chief who is responsible based on the review result notification.
Please go to this page for details.
Office for Research Ethics Support
The Office for Human Research Studies
Graduate School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo