It is the primary responsibility of the chair to oversee the operation of the ethics board as well as preside over ethical review meetings every month. He/she ensures the board’s compliance with the highest local and international ethical standards governing research. The Chair is responsible for deciding on a research protocol’s level of review (expedited or full board review) and for assigning research protocols to the appropriate panel member. He/she also acts on suggestions, complaints, and queries regarding the functions of the board.
The secretariat is in charge of organizing the monthly meetings and preparing the agenda and minutes of the discussion. He/she supervises all communications pertinent to the operations of the board, including, but not limited to, distribution of the research protocol to the primary reviewers, dissemination of board decisions to the researchers/principal investigator, response to queries, and revisions on the forms.
Members are expected to attend at least 80% of all the monthly AUPERB meetings every year. Their primary responsibility is to conduct a thorough ethical review of the research protocols assigned to them, whether for initial or secondary review, prior to the scheduled monthly meeting. They will then present their feedback and recommendations regarding the paper during the meeting. Members are expected to participate actively in the discussion and shall vote on a decision regarding the research protocols evaluated. They are also expected to stay updated on current trends in research ethics and participate in relevant trainings, seminars, and workshops as necessary. All members of AUPERB are required to sign a statement of confidentiality upon appointment to the board. They are also required to disclose the existence of any potential conflicts of interest with any research study on the agenda before the start of each meeting. Members shall serve without remuneration but may be reimbursed for expenses incurred as a member of the board with prior approval from the Chair. The members of the board are not personally liable for anything done or omitted to be done in good faith while carrying out his or her duties as a member of AUPERB.