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.

Interested in seeing what our MERETI Scholars have published? Check out this resource
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.  
Upcoming Events
  • PRIM&R Advancing Ethical Research Conference

    November 12-15, 2015


Latest News


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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HHS Announces Proposal to Improve Rules Protecting Human Research Subjects

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will be releasing on September 8, 2015 in the Federal Register the long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). It is now posted as a pdf on the Federal Register’s public inspection website (https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/09/08/2015-21756/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjects) and will appear on Tuesday, September 8, in the printed version of the Federal Register for a 90-day public comment period.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and fifteen other Federal Departments and Agencies have announced proposed revisions […]

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2015 MERETI Scholars Arrive in Maryland


The scholars for the 2015 MERETI Program have arrived in Maryland for the three-week course intensive hosted by the University of Maryland, Baltimore. The scholars, representing Sudan, Morocco, Egypt and Myanmar, are also joined by a special guest from the Dubai Health Authority in UAE and a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, also originally from Myanmar. Over the course of their time in the United States, the scholars will study a variety of topics including scholarly writing, curriculum development, ethical theory, REC protocol […]

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Spilling the beans: Failure to publish the results of all clinical trials is skewing medical science

A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggested that the results of half of clinical trials are never published. According to an article published last week in The Economist, “These missing data have, over several decades, systematically distorted perceptions of the efficacy of drugs, devices and even surgical procedures. And that misperception has sometimes harmed patients.”

The article drives this point further:

“Earlier this year, a report in the New England Journal of Medicine combed through clinicaltrials.gov, looking to see […]

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