University Director for University Research Ethics (UD-URE)
In conformance with Republic Act 10352 (Philippine National Health System Research Act of 2013), CHED Memorandum Order no. 34 of 2007 requiring the review of research endeavors involving human subjects and Republic Act 8485 (Animal Welfare Act) now amended to RA 10631 and the Department of Agriculture AO 40 (Rules and Guidelines on the conduct of scientific procedures using animals)requiring ethical clearances for research endeavors involving animals, the University Research Ethics Office is created. This office is administratively under the OVPRD, but maintains its relative autonomy in terms of its conduct of ethical reviews of research proposals. It is headed by the University Director for Research Ethics. Under this office is the University Research Ethics Committee (UREC), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and the Institutional Biorisk Committee (IBC). Local committees in specific campuses under these university-level committees may be created depending on the operations of a particular campus (e.g., local animal care and use committee, local ethical review committee).
University Director for University Research Ethics (UD-URE) is university-wide administrative position that is appointed by the President through the recommendation of the UVPRD. The UD-URE shall assist the UVPRD in the implementation of standard ethical conduct of RD activities in the University. Also, the UD-URE will be mainly responsible for the supervision, implementation and monitoring of all the functions of the UREO. Its core functions shall include the following:
Represent the UREO in the RD council and other functions inside and outside the university as may be approved by the VPRD or University President;
Spearhead the development and administration of ethics training for CTU;
Ensure the ethical integrity of institutional and external researches;
Facilitates the ethical reviews of the University Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), University Research Ethics Committee (UREC), and the Institutional Biorisk Management Committee (IBMC);
Takes charge of the relevant accreditation of the different review committees;
Serves as a Chair in at least one ethical review committee.
Manages the growth, development and planning strategies, and oversees the daily functions and operations of the UREO.
Prepares and updates the records of University Research Ethics Office Chairs and Members.
Prepare and submit reports as required by VPRD and/or University President;
Makes communication letters as deemed vital for the operation of UREO;
Coordinates the implementation of Ethical Conduct of RD plans and activities;
Perform related tasks as may be assigned by the VPRD, University President or the appropriate University authority.