FNU CMNHS awarded accreditation certificate

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FIJI National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) has been awarded an accreditation certificate by the Fiji National Human Research Ethics Committee (FNHREC).

The accreditation certificate was awarded to the College Health Research Ethics Committee (CHREC) during the national consultation on Governance of National Human Research Ethics in Fiji.

While officiating at the opening of the conference Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said according to the World Health Organization research ethics govern the standards of conduct for scientific researchers.

“The intention is to enable researchers to adhere to ethical principles in order to protect the dignity, rights and welfare of research participants, especially in communities around Fiji,” Dr Waqainabete said.

Dr Waqainabete said it was only proper that all research involving human should be reviewed by an independent Research Ethics Committee to ensure that the appropriate ethical standards were upheld.

Dr Donald Wilson, the associate dean research at CMNHS, while receiving the accreditation certificate said it highlighted the fact that FNHREC was assured that the CHREC had the capacity to offer protection to human participants in research.

“The accreditation of CHREC means that it has proven institutional effectiveness as assessed by the accrediting process and verification team from FNHREC,” Dr Wilson said.

“The assessment recognised that CHREC fulfilled international and national standards of governance of human research ethics and FNHREC has granted full authority to CHREC to conduct independent review of research proposals under the Fiji Government regulations that govern human health research.”

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