• Review and clear proposed research before its commencement.
• Provide independent, competent, and timely review of the ethics of proposed studies. In its procedures and decision-making, KU-ERC will be independent from political, institutional, professional, and market influences.
• Review prospective and continuing research protocols so as to safeguard the dignity, rights, safety, and well-being of all actual or potential participants in biomedical research. This is in cognizance of the fact that the goals of research, should never be permitted to override the health, well-being, and care of research participants.
• Take into consideration the principle of justice. This requires that the benefits and burdens of research be distributed fairly among all groups and classes in society, taking into account age, gender, economic status, cultural, political, religious, ideological, race and ethnic considerations.
• Review the adequacy of the informed consent document, particularly as to its description of the risks and benefits.
• Ensure that there is regular evaluation of the ethics of ongoing studies that received a positive decision.
• Evaluate reports for unanticipated problems, possible non-compliance, and other information and incidents that might affect approval of protocol or the subjects' willingness to continue to participate.
• Act in the interest of potential research participants and concerned communities, taking into account the interests and needs of the researchers, and having due regard for the requirements of relevant regulatory agencies and applicable laws.