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RECs have the right to monitor the research they approve. The National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) sees this monitoring role of RECs as very important.
The South African National Standard: The Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes (SANS 10386:2008) also makes specific reference to monitoring.

RECs may recommend and adopt any additional appropriate mechanism for monitoring, including:

  • random (announced and unannounced) inspection of research sites;

  • monitoring of data and signed informed consent documentation;

  • monitoring of recorded individual interviews/focus groups;

  • inspection to verify that experimenters adhere to SOPs and other approved experimental procedures;

  • inspection of the scoring of welfare monitoring sheets (animals);

  • ensuring that adequate records are kept on the acquisition, breeding, health, care, housing,

  • use and disposal of animals (SANS 10386:2008 section 5.2.7).

The frequency and type of monitoring should reflect the degree and the extent of risk of harm to participants or animals.

Researchers should provide comprehensive and appropriate information to the REC to facilitate the monitoring process.

Informed consent documentation should indicate to participants that such monitoring may take place during the research process.


Documents to download:

SOP for monitoring and amendment of approved research studies

Health Research Ethics Committees Annual Monitoring Report Template


AnimCare Monitoring Reports:

Mrs Hildah Kilani
  Senior Administrative Officer
  +27 18 299 1208
  Building G16, Room 138, Potchefstroom


HREC Monitoring Reports:

Mrs Leanie van Ronge
  Senior Administrative Officer
  +27 18 299 2197
  Building G16, Room 138A, Potchefstroom