Caribbean Network of Research Ethics Committees



Moral principles that govern a person’s behaviour or the conducting of an activity (Oxford Dictionary). Ethics is concerned with moral principles, values and standards of conduct (World Health Organization).


A field of ethical enquiry that examines ethical issues and dilemmas arising from health, health care, and research involving humans (World Health Organization).

Health Research

The development of knowledge with the aim of understanding health challenges and mounting an improved response to them (World Health Organization).

Research Ethics Committee

Group of individuals who undertake the ethical review of research protocols involving humans, applying agreed ethical principles; also known as ethical review board [ERB], ethical review committee [ERC], human research ethics committee; [HREC], institutional review board [IRB] (World Health Organization).