Welcome to MERETI Network – A resource for the international research ethics community. The Middle East Research Ethics Training Initiative (MERETI) was established in 2005 and since then more then 100 individuals have received advanced training in Research Ethics consisting of one month summer training at the University of Maryland followed by online training. Trainees have come from Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. We conduct workshops and conferences in the Arab Region.

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We offer an online, 12-credit graduate Certificate Degree in Research Ethics.  For more information about this degree program, please click here.
The Middle East Research Ethics Training Initiative (MERETI) is now accepting applications for our 2016 program. For more information, please click here.  
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Blogging from the PRIM&R 2015 AER Conference: Latifa Adarmouch

During my participation at the PRIM&R conference held in Boston, November 12-15, I attended a pre-conference program dedicated to Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement (QA/QI) programs in human subjects’ research.

The first part of the workshop was dedicated to discussing general aspects of QA/QI activity. This is a cornerstone component of any Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) established at an internal level in research institutions.  The aims of such an activity are to ensure regulatory compliance and promoting ethical and responsible […]

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CME Online Series in Research Ethics

Waiver of Informed Consent: What are the Criteria?

This activity will occur during December 6 – December 14, 2015 and will consist of a self-paced lesson and a discussion forum.

Registration Fees:   $60.00   Maximum 2.0 CME credits

Please register by December 1, 2015 by clicking here or cut and paste the following link:


CME Sponsorship: This educational activity is sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Medicine. This activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

For more information, […]

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MERETI Trainees attend PRIM&R Conference 2015

The 2015 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) sponsored by the Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research (PRIM&R) was held this year in Boston from November 12-15, 2015.  Attending this conference was three MERETI trainees from 2014, Salma Ait Batahar, Latifa Adarmouch, and Marwan Felaefel.  Also attending was Henry Silverman, program director of MERETI.   Marwan presented a poster abstract of a recently completed survey study entitled “Prevalence of and Attitudes Towards Research Misconduct Among Investigators in Egypt”.   Co-investigators on this survey […]

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Working Group Seeks Public Comment on Updated CIOMS Guidelines

The Executive Committee of CIOMS has released a draft of the updated CIOMS Guidelines for International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects, first published in 2002. The public is invited to provide the Working Group with comments through March 1, 2016.

Since the CIOMS Guidelines original publication in 2002, both the fields of international biomedical research and research ethics have evolved dramatically, in particular with changes to international guidelines as published in the 2013 revision of the Declaration of Helsinki. The CIOMS Working Group […]

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ENREC 14th Meeting to Recognize 10th Anniversary of NHTMRI IRB

The Egyptian Network of Research Ethics Committees (ENREC) will hold its 14th meeting on Friday, October 2, 2015 in Cairo at the Zamelek Marriott Hotel. The meeting will also celebrate the 10th anniversary of the National Hepatology and Tropical Medicine Research Institute (NHTMRI) IRB. The schedule is as follows:

Young Investigators Forum, Thursday 1 October (10:50 am- 12:20 pm) in (HALL C)
NHTMRI IRB 10th Anniversary, Friday 2 October (11:00 am -12:00 pm) in (HALL A)
ENREC Meeting (closed Meeting) from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

The morning session will […]

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Special Issue of JERHRE to Focus on ethical implications of sharing health research data in LMICs

A special issue of the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics focuses on a project looking at the ethical implications of sharing health research data in low and middle income settings. A key output of this project was the development of an online resource and toolkit focusing on ethics and best practice for data sharing in LMICs. It includes a free online certified course designed for researchers and ethics committee members to build capacity in data sharing.

An additional paper from […]

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