Scientific Review Committee

The scientific review committee ensures that only research projects that meet high standards of scientific quality are carried out at CERMEL. Every research project undertaken at the center must first be reviewed by this committee.

Background


CERMEL has a policy of being an open and transparent structure, and welcomes research projects from a variety of sources. Research projects must be of high scientifically quality, feasible with the rescources available and must fit within the research interests of the institution. The implemention of the SRC also allows CERMEL to determine, for any given time point, the number and details of ongoing studies, of completed studies and of studies in preparation.

Scope


The SRC reviews the following characteristics of a project proposal

  1. Scientific quality
  2. Scientific interest
  3. Ethical considerations
  4. Feasibility of project
  5. Relationship to CERMEL research policy
  6. Relationship to national research policy

Members


The committee comprises of core members and extended members. Members are chosen based on professional experience and training and on their familiarity with CERMEL. Core members review each research proposal. Extended members may be included in the review process, depending on the protocol and area of expertise of external members.

Submission and review procedures


SRC review is performed prior to submission to the Ethics Committees. If drafts and outlines of projects are submitted, a review of the final version is still necessary. Submission to the Ethics Committee or to sponsors may be done before SRC review is completed, but the head of SRC should be informed in this case.

Reviews are on an ad-hoc basis. Protocols are submitted to the head of the SRC , who performs an initial review and decides on the inclusion of external reviewers. To submit a proposal, download the submission form and send it together with the protocol, the infromed consent form and, if needed, other documents to the president of the SRC at the email address below.

Forms


You can download the Submission Forms here

A document to help to characterise the study design an be found here