The SJDEFIIRB was established on April 23, 2010 in order to integrate all existing ethics committees in San Juan de Dios Hospital Community under a single research ethics board as well as to provide independent guidance, advice, and decision on health research or other specific research protocols involving human subjects. SJDEFIIRB was granted a level 3 certificate of registration by the Philippine Health Ethics Board (PHREB) furthermore, the Strategic Initiative for Developing Capacity in Ethical Review - Forum for Ethical Review Committees in the Asian and Western Pacific Region (SIDCER-FERCAP) awarded its recognition to SJDEFIIRB for compliance to ICH Guidelines, GCP standards, CIOMS Guidelines, WHO Standards for Operational Guidance for Ethics Review and Health-related Research and Surveying and Evaluating Ethical Review Practices, EC/IRB Standard Operating Procedures, and Local Regulations and Standards in Ethical Review. The SICEER-FERCAP recognition was awarded during the 15th FERCAP International Conference in Nagasaki University Sakamoto Campus, Nagasaki, Japan.
It was formerly under the Office of the Vice-President for Health Services as its main task was to review research protocols submitted by the hospital staff. However, it has been under the Office of the President since April 2015 and since then SJDEFIIRB oversight was expanded to consultants, residents, faculty, personnel, and students doing research in SJDEFI (Hospital and College); to non-SJDEFI researchers doing research in SJDEFI; and to non-SJDEFI researchers doing research in non-SJDEFI sites with no local ethics review committee (as mandated by the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board).
SIDCER-FERCAP renewed its recognition to SJDEFIIRB on November 27, 2019 during the 19th FERCAP International Conference at the Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia and in March 24, 2020, the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board re-accredited SJDEFIIRB as one of the Level III Research Ethics Committees in our country.
The SJDEFIIRB Office is located at the 3rd Floor Fray Juan Clemente Holistic Health Center beside the President's Office