Research Ethics Committees (REC) in South East Asia: Exploring the Moral Legitimacy of the REC Process
As beliefs and values of people in the South East Asia region are related to their respective religion and culture, their concept of the REC systems may also be different from those in the developed countries. Understanding the difference could help to develop the directions for policy and development in research ethics review in this region.
- To develop a general account of the range of ways in which REC systems are currently organised by examining the systems in both the developed and developing countries focusing on the role of RECs and how decisions are being made.
- To understand the main purpose of RECs by determining their role and the justification of the decision making process.
- To propose changes for an efficient and effective decision making process based on the suggested main purpose of RECs.
Guidelines from several developed and developing countries focusing on the South East Asia region are compared to provide the range of justificatory issues that may need to be overcome in the South East Asia context. The questions on the role of RECs and the justification of the decision making process will be explored to consider the ways in which research ethics review should be implemented.
For more information about this project, please contact Aimi Yusof.