The Commission on Higher Education – Regional Office 1 (CHED-RO1) and CHED Office of Planning, Research and Knowledge Management (OPRKM) conducted an Online Orientation-Seminar on the Establishment and Accreditation of Research Ethics Committee (REC) and Institutional Animal Care and Use (IACUC) on May 25, 2021, with the aim of capacitating HEIs and researchers to overcome difficulties in establishing and subjecting their RECs and IACUCs for accreditation.

On February 19, 2020, the DOH Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center – Dagupan Research Ethics Committee (DOH DTRC Dagupan REC) received the good news of being granted Level 2 Accreditation by the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board thru the Regional Ethics Monitoring Board – 1, valid for 1 year.

Despite being one of the youngest member institutions of the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium, who’d became a member on May 2018, the committee which is headed by the Chair, Mr. Eric Vincent R. Maminta thru the help of the Dr. Ronnie Salvador (Chairman of the Research Committee) and with the support of Dr. Delfin Gubatan Jr (Chief of Hospital), managed to establish their own Research Ethics Committee at a short period of time. They initially applied to REMB-1 on April 4, 2019 and after complying with the accreditors’ comments and recommendations, they have been granted the provisional Level 2 accreditation. As Level 2 Accredited, the DOH DTRC Dagupan REC can now review all types of research except clinical trials required for FDA registration of new drugs, and post marketing studies. These may entail more than minimal risk to human participants involved on the research.

The University of Northern Philippines – Ethics Review Committee (UNP-ERC) was accredited Level 1 by the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) through the Regional Ethics Monitoring Board – 1 (REMB-1) with 1 year validity.
The UNP-ERC submitted their application last August 2018 which were evaluated by the REMB-1 Committee on Standards and Accreditation (CSA) who gave their recommendations to improve their operations. It took the applicant months to comply with the recommendations due to conflicting schedules of other accreditation of the university. Nevertheless, they were able to improve their operations and were able to meet the suggestions from the evaluators. On June 3, 2019, the REMB-CSA scheduled the re-evaluation of UNP-ERC together with other 2 new applications (DOH Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center Dagupan, Level 2 and Lorma Colleges, Level 1), with the supervision of PHREB officials Dr. Marita Reyes and Ms. Marie Jeanne Berroya. The evaluators

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