The Environment & Bio-Safety Research Ethics Committee (EBREC) is primarily concerned with the review of applications related to studies that may pose a risk to the environment as a result of, for example, the modification of or introduction of non indigenous organisms, collection of samples or the improper disposal of waste materials or chemicals. EBREC is also primarily concerned with the safety of all researchers whose studies implies coming into contact with bio-hazardous or hazardous material. It should be noted that the EBREC's decisions do not supersede any relevant statutory obligations with regards to environmental care (e.g., Genetically Modified Organisms Act no. 15 of 1997). Therefore the researcher may have to obtain permission(s) from the necessary authorities (DEA, Nature conservation, etc.) before ethical approval can be granted.

Bio-hazardous materials include (but are not limited to)

  • Recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules
  • Other agents and toxins
  • Bloodborne and other pathogens
  • Xenotransplants
  • Stem cells
  • Dual use, i.e. applications which could be misused, in the wrong hands, to pose a deliberate threat to society at large
  • Nanotechnology, with direct human or animal application
  • Gene therapy
  • Genetically modified organisms

EBREC Submission Deadlines  and Meeting Dates 2019

  • 5-19 February 2019
  • 26 February 2019 -  9 April 2019
  • 30 April 2019 -  14 May 2019
  • 28 May 2019 - 11 June 2019
  • 25 June 2019 - 9 July 2019
  • 30 July 2019 -  13 August 2019
  • 27 August 2019 - 10 September 2019
  • 1 October 2019 - 15 October 2019
  • 29 October 2019 -  12 November 2019

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