Any research conducted in the Faculty of Commerce that makes use of data regarding human subjects (including research using secondary data only) requires approval from the Ethics in Research Committee.
The Commerce Ethics in Research Committee does not grant retrospective approvals for research that has already been initiated. Any such projects will only be approved on the condition that data collected prior to approval is discarded.
Research within the Health Sector
The Commerce Ethics in Research Committee is not registered to approve applications that are covered by the Health Act of South Africa. “Health research” includes any research which contributes to knowledge of:
(a) the biological, clinical, psychological or social processes in human beings;
(b) improved methods for the provision of health services;
(c) human pathology;
(d) Causes of disease;
(e) the effects of the environment on the human body;
(f) the development or new application of pharmaceuticals, medicines and
(g) the development of new applications of health technology;