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about the committee

about the committee

Qassim Research Ethics Committee

Brief Introduction.

Human beings are granted dignity, privacy, confidentiality, and full respect while alive and after death. Consequently, all laws and policies had seriously addressed those agenda. Islamic Shari’a/Law had given priorities to dignity and human rights at personal and social levels.
As research is one of academic and services institutes pillar, conducted interactively between individuals / communities on one hand and researches /research institutes,  on the other hand, the need for organizing and controlling this relationship has to be established, implemented and controlled. To accompith the ultimate goal, a successful implementation and healthy relationship has to be established and maintained.
In this regard, the royal decree No. 7/B/9512 in 18/05/1422H was issued to establish the National Committee of Bio Ethics (NCBE) at King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Riyadh. NCBE was made responsible to organize and supervise ethical issues of research conducted by health, academic and research institutes at public and private sectors. The NCBE issued its law of ethics of research on living creatures and gained the council of ministries resolution No. 321 on 13/09/1431H (2011AD) approving the NCBE law of research ethics. This law sets general principles and guidelines of dealing with living creature in the context of professional ethics and in a manner consistent with Islamic Shari’a and Saudi community customs and traditions.

Qassim local research ethics committee (QREC) establishment goes back to 1411H (1991AD). This committee gradually grew to fulfill the need dictated by the growing research in Qassim.
In 1433H,the local committee in Qassim had received recognition from NCBE, hence reformed as per NCBE guidelines. The committee is renewed every 3 years as per rules.

The current committee is approved by circular (No. 2175773-1439) by  the General Director of Health Affairs, Qassim province on date 27/11/1439  (09/08/2018).

Currently, the committee has eight  members and one secretary as follows:

No. Name Affiliation Designation
1. Dr. Abdullah M. Al-Saigul MOH Chairman
2. Dr. Omar Abdulaziz Al Yahia MOH Co-Chairman
3. Dr. Saleh Abd El Fatah Saleh Al Gabbany MOH Member
4. Dr. El-Gamri El-Rady Mohammed MOH Member
5. Dr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Meman Qassim University Member
6. Dr. Fahad Al Bejaidi Qassim University Member
7. Mr. Khaled NaiefAlKhitan MOH Member
8. Dr. AmelAbdalrhimSuliman MOH Coordinator & Member
9. Mr. Nizar Abdul Rahman Al Kharraz MOH Secretary

Policy of work:

To facilitate the communication between researchers  and the committees, all communication are being conducted electronically via e-mail qassim_ethcom@yahoo.com or IRB-QASSIM@moh.gov.sa .  A prompt response will be sent to you as a feedback for successfully receiving your email and its attached documents. You will be informed about any incomplete documents or requirements. Once your application is completed, the proposal will be sent to one or more of the committee members for review. This step should be completed within 10 working days (2 weeks). The reviewers assess the scientific plausibility and ethical integrity of the proposal. The committee response will then be sent to you as an email message stating either approval or recommending proposal modifications.

Once you make your review (if any) the committee will assess the new proposal status for possible approval. The second response is done as soon as possible, usually in less than one week. Ethical approval is prepared on hard copy, signed by the reviewer and usually attested by the committee chairman or his deputy. Ethical approval are scanned and sent to the designated member and the principal investigator by e-mail.

Ethical approval covers ethical issues only. It has no power on the institute, e.g. hospitals, PHCC, or clinics for implementation or execution. The research team need to approach the concerned department at the institute for approving the project implemented.