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Research Compliance

Research Compliance

Research Compliance Assurance

The Research Compliance Assurance (RCA) section ensures that all research programs and employees at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) comply with the rules and regulations set by the state of Qatar. The RCA requires that all institutional policies and procedures are being followed and that the performance of the institute meets the organization’s standards of conduct through the following committees:

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for the ethical protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects from research risks. The IRB assures that all human subjects research activities conducted under the auspices of HBKU are ethically and methodologically sound, as required under public law and as expected by the public. 

The IRB is a highly professional committee that reviews and approves human research protocols of various disciplines and all related processes and documents to ensure that the rights and welfare of human subjects are protected above all other considerations. The IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications or disapprove all research activities that fall within their jurisdiction in conformity with all ethical foundations for the protection of human subjects. The IRB functions independently to protect its ethical mission without compromise and without any perception of conflict of interest or undue influence of power.

To comply with Qatari regulations concerning research involving human subjects, HBKU’s Institutional Review Board has the assurance of the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH). 

The HBKU-IRB responsibility for approving research proposals involving human subjects is limited to HBKU’s colleges and research institutes, as well as any other organization that relies on HBKU-IRB via a reliance agreement. Any collaborative project involving research activities in sites outside the above institutes will need to be covered by the IRB office of those sites. For any research activity to be conducted outside Qatar, an appropriate ethical approval from the foreign country needs to be obtained prior to initiation of the activity (click here for more information).

HBKU-IRB members include scientists, non-scientists, physicians, ethicists,  and individuals with expertise in allied disciplines. More specifically, the HBKU-IRB is committed to the following ethical requirements:

  • Social Values
  • Scientific Merit
  • Respect for People
  • Respect for Vulnerable Persons
  • Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Collaborative Partnerships
  • Ethical Review
  • Professional Competence

 

Research projects require Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) reviews and approvals. Investigators must submit an application for the IBC review and approval before applying to the IRB.  

Apply for IRB:

Please click on this link to access the online application: hbku.wufoo.com/forms/qbrihbku-institutional-review-board/ 

If you have any questions, please send an email to 

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is the cornerstone of the institutional oversight of all biomedical research programs that involve infectious agents, animal use, recombinant DNA, and genetically modified material by ensuring that all research involving hazardous materials and the facilities used to conduct research are in compliance with existing governmental regulations, guidelines and institutional policies.

The IBC at QBRI was established in 2013 as per the mandate of the Governance Decree 02 in 2012 for regulating the establishments of institutional biosafety committees and has been registered and approved by MOPH. 

Resources: 

MOPH- Biosafety Laboratories Research Policies and Regulations

Main constituent elements of the IBC:

  • Research facility compliance for the laboratory by identifying the biosafety level criteria and the containment requirement as per the research protocol conducted
  • Biological material handling and exposure control plan
  • Biological risk assessment 
  • Biosecurity - the management of risks associated with facilities and operations
  • Animal research safety program to be in place (in collaboration with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)) 
  • Environmental, health, safety, and risk evaluation
  • Waste management 
  • Chemical handling

The IBC aims to review and approve research protocols conducted at or sponsored by QBRI and other governmental entities such as Sidra Hospital, Al Shaqab, and other HBKU institutions, for compliance with the Governmental and International Biosafety Guidelines. The process carries out the annual inspection of institutional facilities, and maintains a register of approved projects that are periodically reviewed to ensure compliance with the containment facilities (laboratories, animal houses), including the personnel qualification and training records. 

For IBC submissions, click this link and use your login credentials. 

For login credentials please contact the IBC coordinator at