Positive feedback on ethics review application support
Since October 2021, the ethics review application advisor Amena Archer has supported 35 cases where KTH researchers needed help. She has also arranged ethics support webinars and provided information for an internal support page. The two-year interim service, based on funding from the KTH Life Science Platform, is now being evaluated.
”To this day, I have helped researchers from the KTH schools CBH, EECS, SCI, and ABE. The most common questions are to determine whether a research project requires an ethical review/permit. Also, we have had several requests for support to complete ethical applications,” Amena Archer , Ethics Advisor, KTH Life Science Platform , says.
Amena Archer, also a senior scientist at CBH, is complementing Fredrik Karlsson , Research Ethics Advisor at the Research Support Office, with specialised ethics review application support for medical research .
On her 25 per cent appointment, Amena Archer has worked with the service for 1.5 years. During this time, she has taken care of 35 cases, including answering questions, providing support for ethical review/permit applications and contacting different agencies and institutions for issues related to ethical permits and regulations.
”We got really positive feedback from the people who got support, particularly from those we could help complete an ethical review/permit for the Swedish Ethical Review Authority, Etikprövningsmyndigheten. We do not write the application for the researchers. However, we try to provide personalised support and accompany them in the application process,” Amena Archer says.
Application process guidance
Her general advice to KTH researchers is to visit the webpage and contact her to determine if their research requires an ethical review/permit.
”I can guide the researchers along the application process from preparation to submission. The application is less complex than it seems. Still, it is essential to have a clear project plan with defined objectives and a careful reflection on the human subject regarding integrity, safety, consent, and data protection.”
Support service evaluation in spring
In spring, the support service will be evaluated to see how it could be improved and to decide if a dedicated person for the task is necessary for the future or if the webpage with written instructions may be enough help.
”But we already believe this assignment meets a real need of KTH researchers and that it should be maintained.”
Text: Helena Mayer