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These Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), crafted by the members of the Research Ethics Committee of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU), are intended to facilitate the process of research proposal/protocol evaluation in terms of ethics in research involving human participants. The SOPs apply to research carried out by persons supported by AdZU, either by its research arm the Ateneo Research Center (ARC) or through the supervision of any of its schools and colleges, including the AdZU School of Medicine.

The general goal is for AdZU to have a mechanism that will ensure that the health, welfare, and rights of human participants involved in research studies conducted under the university’s supervision are safeguarded. As reflected in the university Vision and Mission, AdZU is committed to the values of integrity, justice, service to others, and to positive social transformation. The establishment of the AdZU REC is consistent with this commitment.