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History of San Juan de Dios Educational Foundation, Inc. Institutional Review Board (SJDEFIIRB)

The SJDEFIIRB was established on April 23, 2010 in order to provide independent guidance, advice, and decision (in the form of "approval/recommendation/stipulation/ disapproval") on health research or other specific research protocols involving human subjects. 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 2016.

The SJDEFIIRB Office is now located at the 3rd Floor Fray Juan Clemente Holistic Health Center beside the President’s Office.

San Juan de Dios Educational Foundation, Inc. Institutional Review Board (JDEFIIRB) Organizational Chart

Ethical Basis

  • The IRB recognizes that the protocols it approves may also be approved by national and/or local ethics committees prior to their implementation in specific localities.
  • In evaluating protocols and ethical issues, the IRB is aware of the diversity of laws, cultures and practices governing research and medical practices in various countries around the world.
  • It attempts to inform itself where possible of the requirements and conditions of the various localities where proposed SJDEFI research is being considered.
  • The IRB also seeks to be informed, as appropriate, by national/local ethics committees and researchers of the impact of the research it has approved.
  • The IRB is guided in its reflection, advice, and decision by the ethical principles expressed in the Declaration of Helsinki (1964 and subsequent revisions).
  • It makes further reference to the National and International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects (CIOMS), the Belmont Report, and the European Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine.
  • The IRB establishes its own standard operating procedures based on the Operational Guidelines for Ethics Committees That Review Biomedical Research (WHO), the WHO & ICH Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice and the local regulations.
  • The IRB seeks to fulfill the requirements for international assurances and is established and functions in accordance with the national law and regulations.

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