The Joint Committee of the Ethics of Scientific Research at the International University held its first meeting yesterday

The Joint Committee of the Ethics of Scientific Research at the International University for Science and Technology (IUST) held its first meeting yesterday under the chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Mohamed Maarouf, Vice President of the University, in the presence of the members of the academic experts and researchers in the scientific, medical, pharmaceutical, engineering, administrative, theological fields and representatives of civil society.

The discussions discussed the reasons behind forming this committee in response to the Universal Declaration of Bioethics and Human Rights which calls for establishing ethical independent, multidisciplinary and pluralistic committees at the national, regional, local and institutional levels and the importance of this pioneering committee at the level of Syrian private universities in achieving the university vision towards establishing an able environment to do scientific research and the need to spread the culture of commitment to ethical principles at all stages of scientific research, especially biomedical research, including the stages of planning, implementation and publication in World-indexed scientific journals, which make the moral consent a prerequisite to accept any scientific article to be published in it.

The attendees also discussed the mechanisms that oblige researchers to ethical research practices, whether by ethical approval for funding or for publication. Members also agreed on the need to adopt the guidelines to form ethics committees concerned in reviewing biomedical research published by the World Health Organization and UNESCO, and the National Guide to the Ethics of Scientific Research, which the Higher Commission for Scientific Research is planning to release in the near future.

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