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Ethics guidelines

Contact details: Ms A Labuschagne (Secretariat)
MRC President's Office
Tel: (021) 938-0687

To apply for research ethics review, please consult the MRC Ethics Committee pages at

Information on dates and procedures is available at

These five booklets were printed from 2002-2004 by the MRC. They will not be revised in view of the fact that the National Health Research Ethics Council of the Department of Health has produced research guidelines for the country. However, the five booklets contain useful information for researchers when preparing research protocols for ethics review.

Arrow Book 1 (completed) (pdf format, 272 kb)
Guidelines on Ethics in Medical Research: General Principles.
Arrow Book 2 (completed) (pdf format, 208 kb)
Guidelines on Ethics in Reproductive Biology and Genetic Research.

Book 3 (completed) (pdf format, 250 kb)
Guidelines on Ethics in the Use of Animals in Research.

Arrow Book 4 (completed) (pdf format, 119 kb)
Guidelines on Ethics in the Use of Biohazards and Radiation.
Arrow Book 5 (completed) (pdf format, 308 kb)
Guidelines on Ethics in HIV Vaccine Trials.
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