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Table 3 Main functions of research ethics committees in countries that reported their existence

From: Status of national research bioethics committees in the WHO African region

Functions Percentage (Frequency)
Review and approve all research protocols on human subjects 100% (18/18)
Ensure that projects sponsored by external donors are submitted for approval to ethical clearance committee of the initiating country 5% (1/18)
Build the capacity of institutional and regional ethical clearance committees 11% (2/18)
Give clearance for export of samples or specimens for research related to human health 5% (1/18)
Coordinating and promoting research 22% (4/18)