Ethics Review Committee

At Marie Stopes International we are committed to improving the quality and quantity of our research, based on principles of medical and research ethics, in order both to improve services and share findings with the broader medical, scientific and NGO communities. The Ethics Review Committee (ERC) independently reviews our research proposals, promoting implementation of ethically sound research across the organisation.

The ERC was established according to the principles specified in the WHO Operational Guidelines for Ethics Committees (2000).

This means that all our studies comply with Ethical standards as laid out by the Office of Human Research Protections, US.

Our ERC is a registered Independent Review Board (IRB) and is governed by the following:

  • Helsinki Declaration
  • Belmont Report
  • Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS).

We have our own Federal-Wide Assurance, issued by the Office of Human Research Protection, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This assures that all research reviewed by the ERC in all partner programmes and subsidiaries will be guided by the principles outlined in the Helsinki Declaration and the Belmont Report.

MSI Ethics Review Committee

Ethics Lead – Sabitri Sapkota Ph.D
Ethics Coordinator and Human Protections Administrator - Arwyn Finnie, MSc

ERC Members

Dr Leslie Cannold (Ph.D)
Dr Jean Amoura (OB/GYN, M.Sc.)
Dr Fabian Cataldo (MA, MRes, Ph.D)
Gillian Elam (B.Sc., M.Sc.)
Dr Nigel Field (B.Sc., M.B., Ph.D.)
Karen Newman (B.A.)
Dr Clare Tanton (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.)
Emilomo Ogbe (M.B.B.S., MA)
Dr Katherine Ba-Thike (MD, MSc, FRCOG, MRCOG)
Jane Cottingham (MSc)
Jennifer Bostock (MA)
Dr Korrie de Koning (MSc, MEd)
Soazig Clifton (MSc)

Download the Ethics Review Committee biographies

All our research staff undertake ethics training.

ERC Documents

Annual Report 2014

Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2012

Marie Stopes International Ethics Review Committee Terms of Reference

Project Submission Form

Ethics Review Form

MSI Ethics Research Committee Poster - A matter of principle: A family planning

MSI Ethics Checklist

MSI Informed Consent Guidelines

Related documents

WHO Ethics Guidelines

Moral Science: Protecting Participants in Human Subjects Research

Research Across Borders: Proceedings of the International Research Panel of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

Research in developing countries: The ethics of research related to healthcare in developing countries

The ethics of research related to healthcare in developing countries

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