Ethics Review Committee
Ethics Review Committee
The ERC is composed of health, allied health, and non-health professionals/practitioners. It is independent in its reflection, advice, and decision. Required training for committee members involves Health Research Ethics and Good Research Practice Training. Other recommended trainings include: Good Clinical Practice Training; Advanced Health Research Ethics & SOP training; and Research Methodologies and Research Ethics.
The UST-CRS ERC has the following goals and objectives:?
- Protect the rights and safety of humans in research by upholding the principles of Health Research Ethics and Good Clinical Practice;?
- Review all research proposals from faculty and students of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences for scientific, technical, and ethical soundness;?
- Review all other research proposals involving CRS faculty, students, personnel, and facilities for scientific, technical, and ethical soundness; and?
- On a case to case basis, it may review research proposals from academic and research units within and outside the University for scientific, technical, and ethical soundness.?
The UST-CRS ERC is under the direct supervision of the Office of the Dean of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences. It is however independent in its reflection, advice, and decision in matters pertaining to ethical review of research proposals.?
In relation to the operations of the delivery of quality services to the various departments of the college, to its stakeholders, and the observance of University policies, the office takes its direct mandate from the Office of the Dean. To support the research directions of the college, the UST-CRS-ERC works hand in hand with the Research Supervisor of the Center for Health Research and Movement Sciences. For CRS student research, the UST-CRS ERC coordinates directly with the Research Writing Coordinators of the respective department on matters pertaining to ethics review of protocols. For protocols submitted by CRS faculty and external researchers (nonaffiliated to UST-CRS), coordination is directly done with the primary investigator/s
Documents and Forms
Assoc. Prof. Anna Lea Enriquez, MD
Asst. Prof. Christian Rey Rimando, MSPT, PTRP
Ms. Catherine Joy Escuadra, PTRP, MHPEd
Vanessa Gonzales, MD, DPBA, FPSA
Mr. Paul William Jacinto, CSP-PASP
Asst. Prof. Kim Gerald Medallon, MSOT
Ms. Stephanie Claire Pagarigan, XPS, MSHMS
Lyle Patrick Tangcuangco
Cristine Rose Versales
(Physical Therapist, E-learning Specialist)
Archelle Jane Callejo
(Physical Therapist, Public Health)
Ken Erbvin Sosa
Ma. Carol Mae Protacio
Czarina Catherine Maximo
Paul Daniel Ravarra
The UST-CRS ERC started as a Research Ethics Committee of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences headed by former College Regent, Rev. Fr. Fausto B. Gomez, OP in June 2008. It was comprised of six (6) personnel namely: two faculty members from the Department of Physical Therapy, two faculty members from the Department of Occupational Therapy, the College Secretary, and the Research Coordinator. Its objective was to review research protocols of the interns for ethical soundness and 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/participants. Fr. Gomez was succeeded by Prof. Fernando R. Pedrosa, Ph.D. as Chair in Academic Year 2010 – 2011 and 2011 – 2012. Currently, Assoc. Prof. Anna Lea L. Enriquez, MD is Chair of the Committee, having been so since AY 2012 – 2013.
The ERC was initially accredited Level II by Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) last March 12, 2016 to March 12, 2017 as standard policy for newly applied ethics committee. In March 12, 2017, it was again granted the level for 2 years to complete the 3-year regular accreditation ending on March 12, 2019. Since then, the Committee has grown and increased its composition to nine (9) regular members representing the different departments in the college. The UST-CRS ERC scopes of review are proposals that are both observational and experimental studies spanning the fields of social sciences, life sciences, and health sciences except for clinical drug trials and medical devices. However paramedical devices related to the practice of rehabilitation sciences may be reviewed.