From Directors Corner

From Directors Corner

IPR Participation inthe National Research and Development Agenda: As a public institution, NMK-IPR is expected to play its rightful role of knowledge creation through research, and translation of research results into products and policies. As the second largest biomedical facility in the country (after KEMRI), and the only preclinical testing facility that has access to small and large animal models of human diseases in the country and region, we are uniquely suited to influence current and future medical practice, or the management and conservation of non-human primates, by generating research data that contributes to evidence-based policies and practice. So how is IPR contributing to the national research agenda in the country? We are represented and participate in many forums within and...

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IPR Science and Ethics Committee is now nationally accredited

The IPR –Institutional Review Committee has achieved a major milestone this year following its accreditation by the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) as one of only 11 nationally accredited Ethics Committees in the country (see details at the NCST website This has been the culmination of a protracted application and review process that was initiated by the NCSTlast year and which was endorsed by the IRC and whose Chair Dr Hastings Ozwara prepared the application and pursued the issue relentlessly on behalf of the Institute.



The IPR-IRC has been granting approvals and providing oversight to all projects undertaken at IPR for more than 15 years and surely must rank as one of the oldest ethics committee in Kenya. It is formed in accordance with WHO guidelines for ethical boards that review biomedical research and is composed of scientists, non-scientists and key representatives from the private sector, KWS and NMK.



The committee meets on monthly basis. This achievement allows IRC to discharge its mandate in the knowledge that it is a national and internationally constituted body, that can also review proposals with an animal use component on behalf of other organizations. It is a fitting credit to one of the major organs that has been responsible for the high quality of research work at the Institute over the years. The IRC meets on monthly basis and the mandate of the current team runs from May 2011 to April 2014.



Apart from regular review of proposals,key achievements of the current team include developing an Animal Care and Use Policy for the institute, finalizing Rules of Procedure, generating a revised Proposal Review Application Form,crafting a Service Charter, review of charges at IPR and participation in the review of the wildlife conservation andmanagement bills.



The committee has also put its weight behind the ongoingprocess to develop laboratory animal science regulations for the country.