Following the promulgation of the new Department of Health and the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) document in June 2015, it has become a requirement, for all researchers applying for ethical approval, to provide proof of formal training in research ethics within the past three years. As the Ethics Office of the Faculty of Heath Sciences, NWU, we started to apply this rule as from June 2016.

The Ethics Office will provide an opportunity for research ethics training during 2018 which will occur on all three campusses. Please make use of these opportunities.

For proof of training during ethics applications, to the NWU-Health Research Ethics Committee (NWU-HREC), the letter of attendance of the two day training course entitled, "The Basics of Health Research Ethics" (as indicated below), will be sufficient or an appropriate online course if you are unable to attend the training (See letter on compulsory modules of TRREE here). 

TRREE Online Training:

TRREE Training

The 4 modules that the researchers must give certificates for from the TRREE training is as follows:

  • Module 1 Introduction to research ethics

  • Module 2.1 Research ethics evaluation

  • Module 3.1 Informed consent

  • National supplement for South Africa

We also ask that if the individual is doing a clinical trial that they also complete Module 3.2 (Good clinical practice) as well if they have not completed an accredited GCP course.



Training Enquiries:

Mr Buti Majola
  Senior Administrative Officer
  +27 18 299 2197

  Building G16, Room 138, Potchefstroom