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Wednesday, 09 December 2020

Prof Engel-Hills appointed NHREC Deputy Chair

APPOINTED: Prof Engel-Hills APPOINTED: Prof Engel-Hills

The Dean of the Faculty and Health and Wellness Sciences, Prof Penelope Engel-Hills, has been appointed as the Deputy Chairperson of the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC).

The NHREC’s core responsibilities are to set ethical norms and standards for health research and to advance research ethics in South Africa; to promote, ensure and monitor compliance by health research ethics committees with regulations and ethics guidelines; and to register and audit health research ethics committees.

The responsibilities of the NHREC stem from the need to ensure ethical integrity in research involving human participants and animals and that the research is based on sound scientific principles.

“I am pleased to be serving a second term on the NHREC and to be appointed as the Deputy Chairperson. This comes with responsibilities and I do not underestimate the work ahead of this council,” said Engel-Hills.

“We do build on the solid foundation of three previous councils and I look forward to the next steps to advance research ethics in South Africa.”

She added that she had responded to an advertisement for interested parties to apply to be considered for appointment to the NHREC. The Minister of Health then appointed members from those who applied.

Her duties as Deputy Chairperson will include supporting the Chairperson, Mamello Sekhoacha of the University of Free State, and standing in for her at any time she is not available.

“I will be on the Executive Committee and our responsibility is to maintain the functioning of the NHREC in the periods between meetings. There are a number of standing committees and, in addition, working groups can be established to ensure that all the functions of council are attended to.”

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za