human ethics

General/Human Research Ethics Committee (GHREC)

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The General/Human Research Ethics Committee (GHREC) is dedicated to the ethical review of all general / human-related research at the University of the Free State. It does not include human health-related research. It consists of members from all the faculties as well as other disciplines to ensure broad representation. All ethical clearance applications submitted to the GHREC are reviewed by ethics reviewers. Reviewers make recommendations on the outcome of the application (approved, conditional approval, modifications required, or disapproved) based on the ethical issues arising from the study. These recommendations will either be ratified or overturned by the ethics committee during one of its monthly meetings, after which the relevant personnel will communicate the outcome to the researcher/applicant/ PI.

GHREC composition

  • Chair
  • Vice-Chair
  • Academic representatives from each faculty
  • Legally qualified members
  • Members with expertise in professional care and counselling
  • Members with expertise in qualitative/quantitative research methodologies
  • Statistician
  • Lay members from the community outside of the university
  • Ethicist
  • Administrator

GHREC meeting dates for 2024


Submission deadlines

1 February 2024
1 March 2024
1 April 2024
1 May 2024
1 June 2024
1 July 2024
1 August 2024
1 September 2024
1 October 2024
1 November 2024

Meeting dates

29 February 2024
26 March 2024
25 April 2024
30 May 2024
27 June 2024
25 July 2024
29 August 2024
26 September 2024
31 October 2024
26 November 2024
Please note: 
  • The deadlines refer to the dates by which applications must reach the ethics office. Therefore, applications submitted to a supervisor must be accepted by the supervisor before the deadline.

The Humanities
Jali Buti
T: +27 51 401 2848

Shumony Samson
T: +27 51 401 1262

Economic and Management Sciences
Igna du Plooy
T: +27 51 401 9064

Theology and Religion
Ronel Ellis
T: +27 501 401 2349

Natural and Agricultural Sciences/ GHREC administrator
Amanda Smith
T: +27 51 401 3942

Law-related queries can be directed to the GHREC administrator

Contact me

Boemo Segoje
Officer: RIMS, Ethics and Creative Outputs
T: +27 51 401 7619

Johannes Brill Building, First Floor, Bloemfontein Campus

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