Human Research Ethics Committee

Forms & Instructions

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are accepting documentation in the following way: 

Please send all forms and queries you may have to

  • Email subject lines for forms must be clearly titled as follows, HREC REF [insert reference number] – [type of form] and PI name 
  • Email queries must be clearly titled as follows: query and reference number where applicable 

Please send New Applications to

  • Email subject lines must be clearly titled as follows:
    • New protocol application – Full Committee review and PI name OR 
    • New protocol application – Expedited review and PI name 


New Protocol Applications

  • New protocol application and submission instructions for researchers FHS013hlp - 18.05.2021

  • New protocol application form  FHS013 - New application form 15.07.2021

  • Checklist for new protocol applications

  • Applicants for databases, registries or repositories should only fill out form (FHS020) 31.03.2020

  • New Undergraduate student research protocol application form FHS021)_18.05.2021

  • Checklist for new undergraduate protocol applications

  • Preparing a Synopsis: Section B - Pointers for Researchers (FHS014)

  • Preparing the Research Protocol Section C - Pointers for Researchers (FHS015hlp) 21.02.2019

  • Research Protocol Section C (FHS015) 12.03.2018

  • Eligibility for Expedited Review of US Federally-funded Research - Pointers for Researchers[Download]

  • New Protocol Applications - Pointers for Reviewers [Download]

  • Research Requirements to conduct research at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital[Download]

  • Application form to conduct research at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital[Download]

Requirements for research in minors <18 years of age (Form A)


  • Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) for the Protection of Human Subjects [Download]

  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) Registration

  • Insurance cover for investigators on clinical trials [This insurance cover is in place for investigators on clinical trials. This cover is for malpractice and indemnity for staff engaged in clinical trials, where appropriate. This cover is distinct from the no-fault insurance cover provided to patients who are involved in UCT clinical trials.]

Accessing Staff or Students for research purposes

  • Research Access to students (DSA 100)

  • Access to UCT Staff for Research Purposes (HR194 & HR190)

Active Protocols

Continuing Review (Annual Progress Reports)

  • Annual progress report - Pointers for researchers (FHS016hlp)

  • Annual Progress Report (FHS016) 29.06.2021

  • Annual progress Report (FHS017) 25.03.2020 for Record Reviews/Audits/Collection of Biological Specimens/Repositories/Databases/Registries

Health-Safety- Support  Student Handbook