THE NATIONAL RESEARCH CLEARANCE PROCESS
Oversight of research is done first at the institutional level by Research Ethics Committees (RECs), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs), Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), National Forest Authority (NFA) and any other authorized lead agencies then second at the national level by the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) in collaboration with Uganda National Health Research Organization (UNHRO). UNCST liaises with the rese arch secretariat, Office of the President to obtain security verification and clearance for the researcher. An additional requirement with regard to clinical trials is for the researcher to obtain a certificate from the National Drug Authority (NDA) in respect of a trial drug.
Submission is made to a local Research Ethics Committee (REC)/ Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs)/Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA)/National ForestryAuthority (NFA)/National Biosafety Committee (NBC) for scientific assessment and ethical approval.
For submission to the REC, please contact the accredited committee at your institution of affiliation or obtain contacts via the UNCST website at the following link: https://www.uncst.go.ug/research-ethics-committee-accreditation/. The proposal and all data collection tools including consent forms (where applicable) should be submitted for review.
After identification of the appropriate REC or IACUC, the researcher may go ahead and create an account and fill out the appropriate requirements for review in the National Research Information Management System (NRIMS): https://nrims.uncst.go.ug/ .
Once approval is obtained, just with a click of a button the submission is made to the UNCST. The Principal Investigator (PI) should have soft copies of the documents below ready before making a submission:
UNCST makes submission of RS6 forms on behalf of the researcher to the Research Secretariat, Office of the President for security clearance to study districts.
Note: An institution that wishes to export and import plant or animal specimen for further investigations, must obtain an export and import permit from the UNCST.
NB: Uganda National Council for Science and Technology reserves the right to reject any research proposa.
For any further information, please contact:
Tel: 0414 557 025/ 0755 423 321
Tel: 0414 557 021/ 0779 452 441