The Committee will need substantial administrative and secretarial assistance from the ZU.
Mandate: The Ethics Review Committee is responsible for reviewing all (medical or social science) research proposals involving human participants, whether as individuals or communities, including the use of fetal material, embryos, and tissues from the recently dead, supported or undertaken by ZU faculty, staff or students to ensure that they are conducted ethically.
Reporting: The Committee shall report annually or more frequently, as necessary, to the Dean.
Composition: The Committee shall consist of a minimum of nine and a maximum of thirteen members with diverse backgrounds and expertise (ethics, law, medicine, social sciences, research methodology, etc.). Genders and all levels of seniority should be represented. At least 25% of members should be external (not from ZU).
Method of Appointment of Chair and Members
The chair should ideally have served as a member of an ERC for at least a year.
The Dean and or the Chair of ERC should announce that new members of the ERC are needed either via a university-wide email or through a bulletin. The chair and members can recommend external members.
Members should be appointed based on their knowledge, experience, and ability to represent the interests of human subjects and most importantly their ability to give time to ERC.
Responsibilities: The Ethics Review Committee shall:
Decisions of the committee
In making decisions on applications for the ethical review of research, the committee will do the following:
The Committee may:
Documentation and Archiving
Expertise: The chairperson should have research expertise that the committee will be reviewing. This may include knowledge of ethical principles and guidelines, relevant laws and regulations, and experience in research design and methodology.
Leadership skills: The chairperson should have strong leadership skills and be able to guide the committee in its decision-making processes.
Impartiality: The chairperson should be able to remain impartial when reviewing research proposals and making decisions.
Availability: The chairperson should be available to attend committee meetings and be willing to dedicate the time needed to review research proposals thoroughly.
Communication skills: The chairperson should have excellent communication skills and be able to clearly and effectively communicate with committee members, researchers, and other stakeholders.
Integrity: The chairperson should have a strong sense of integrity and be committed to upholding ethical principles and guidelines.
Tenure: The Chairperson will be appointed for a duration of 2 years and may get an extension for one more term.
A secretary will be selected by the chairperson.
The secretary will be responsible for organizing the meetings, agenda formation, and maintaining records of minutes of meetings.
Knowledge of ethical principles: The Secretary should have a good understanding of ethical principles and their application in various situations.
Experience in ethics review: The Secretary should have experience in conducting ethics reviews, preferably in a similar field or industry.
Attention to detail: The Secretary should have excellent attention to detail, as ethics reviews often involve reviewing large amounts of data and information.
Impartiality: The Secretary should be impartial and able to objectively evaluate ethical issues without any bias or conflict of interest.
Communication skills: The Secretary should have strong communication skills to effectively communicate with members of the ethics review committee and other stakeholders.
Professionalism: The Secretary should be professional and able to maintain confidentiality in all matters related to the ethics review.
Education and Training: A relevant educational background and training in ethics, law, or related fields are preferred.
Internal and External (not associated with ZU) Members
Overall, the selection of members for the ERC should prioritize individuals who have the necessary expertise, experience, independence, and diversity to ensure a rigorous and fair review process for research proposals involving human subjects
Tenure: The Members will be appointed for a duration of 3 years and may get an extension for one more term.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Ziauddin University Ethics Review Committee (ZU-ERC)
Dr. Qudsia Hassan
Chairperson (ERC) , HOD, Forensic Medicine Ziauddin University Clifton
Dr. Abbas Zafar
Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences
Dr. Nadia Haroon
ERC Coordinator, General Surgeon Ziauddin Clifton
Dr. Faseeha Sohail
Medicine Department KDLB Ziauddin
Dr. Habiba Sharaf Ali
HOD, GYNE -KDLB Campus Ziauddin
Dr. Imtiaz Khalid
Medicine Department North Campus Ziauddin
Dr. Talat Mirza
Research Department Ziauddin University Clifton
Biochemistry Department Ziauddin University Clifton
Dr. Almas Amin
Department of Continuing Professional Education
Dr. Faisal Ziauddin
Medicine Department KDLB Campus Ziauddin
Dr. Ikram Ali
Forensic Medicine Ziauddin University Clifton
Dr. Shehla Najib Sidiki
Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Dr. Sumaira Khawaja
Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery
Ms. Erum Shahid
Physician Coordinator Ziauddin Clifton
Dr. Aasim Ahmed
Dr. Jamshed Akhtar
|Dr. Bushra Shirazi|
Dr. Saleha Shahzad
|Dr. Ali Asghar Lanewala|
Ms. Sualeha Shekhani
|CBEC – SIUT|
|Dr. Abeer Saleem|
Tabba Heart Institute