BRTTH-IRB members participate in Basic Research Ethics Training (BRET)

BRTTH-IRB members participate in Basic Research Ethics Training (BRET)


Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital-Institutional Review Board (BRTTH-IRB) members participated in the Basic Research Ethics Training (BRET) by the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB), via zoom on June 10-11, 2021.

All BRTTH-IRB members (core, alternate and external) joined the two-day training lectured by Dr. Sonia Bongala, Chairperson of PHREB-Committee on Standards and Accreditation, and Dr. Angelica Francisco, member of PHREB-Committee on Information Dissemination, Training, and Advocacy.

The training allowed the members to identify and apply general research ethical principles as well as recognize and apply essential characteristics of ethical research.

The two-day training was divided into eleven lectures consisting of (1) Ethics and Research, (2) Defining Research Ethics and Principles, (3) Favorable Benefits and Risks Ratio, (4) Preparing an Adequate and Appropriate Informed Consent Process and Form, (5) Selecting Research Subjects Fairly, (6) Protecting Vulnerability, (7) Research during Public Health Emergencies (e.g. Pandemic), (8) Qualified Researcher, (9) International and National Guidelines, (10) Institutional Controls: Research Ethics Committee, and (11) Navigating the Ethics Review Process.

BRTTH-IRB is the first and only ethics committee in the Bicol Region with Level III accreditation by the PHREB since 2018. It is also recognized by Forum for Ethical Review Committees in Asia and the Western Pacific (FERCAP)—an international ethics organization. The primary purpose of ethics committee is the protection of human participants involved in research.

This training was a good opportunity for the institution’s IRB members to strengthen their ethical foundation and be more equipped in performing ethical reviews of research proposals and protocols.



BRTTH-IRB members during the first day of Basic Research Ethics Training (BRET) headed by Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB).



BRTTH-IRB members during the second day of Basic Research Ethics Training (BRET).