Obtaining Ethical Clearance

The primary purpose of proper ethical conduct in research is to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone involved. This may include, for example, respondents who might be concerned or alarmed at some of the questions etc., and the student or researcher who needs to be aware of their personal safety, perhaps when gathering data in the field. As a general rule, all research projects involving human participants or using their personal information or body samples require ethical clearance. This requirement applies to all postgraduate research projects of the University of Moratuwa.

New applicants for research degree programs should complete the process of obtaining ethical clearance by the first Progress Review. The report of the Progress Review Panel should confirm the availability of ethical clearance. In the event of any amendment in the research methodology, the student should obtain clearance for the new methodology.

In order to implement these recommendations, it is necessary to set up a University  Ethics Review Committee (UERC), the composition of which is to be as follows.

  • Nominee of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (Chairperson
  • Nominees of the Deans of each Faculty (other than the FGS)

It is also required to provide sufficient training and guidance on ethical clearance to all academic staff of the University, including UERC members.

Classification of Risk

Classification of Risk

Classification of Risk