National Bioethics Committee

Health Research Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH)


Research Ethics Committee

The Research Ethics Committee (REC) reviews research on human subjects. All research (medical or social science) projects involving human subjects, whether as individuals or communities, including surveys, drug/device trial, the use of fetal material, embryos and tissues from alive or the recently dead done with

  • International Funding specifically given for research done anywhere in Pakistan e.g. Research Advocacy Fund (RAF), DFID, USAID etc
  • Funded or supported by the Government of Pakistan
  • Any other research either done all over Pakistan or is a multi-province
  • Drug trials for registration

shall be reviewed and approved by the NBC-REC before a study is started.



Rapid Turn Around Review


In wake of COVID-19 Pandemic; to facilitate the conduct of ethical health research in the country National Bioethics Committee Pakistan is committed to play its role. Hence the expedited reviews of research proposals is in place which takes maximum of 7 working days after submission of proposals.








Routine review process

The duration of approval for a study shall be valid to a maximum period of one (1) year after which a re-approval is required. This will be standard for any study submitted irrespective of its duration whether one (1), five (5) or more years. Any change in conditions that could affect the rights/autonomy/welfare of subjects or serious adverse event during a study must be informed for approval to continue the study. See More...


REC Members


Dr. Saima Pervaiz Iqbal; Chairperson REC

Head of Community and Family Medicines, Shifa College of Medicine-Islamabad


Prof. Dr. Aamir Mustafa Jafarey,

Professor/Surgeon, Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Culture (SIUT)


Prof. Dr. Munir A. Saleemi

Associate Dean, University of Lahore.


Prof. Dr. Jamshed Akhtar

Head of the Dept. of Pediatric Surgery NICH Karachi.


Dr. Farkhanda Ghafoor

Ex Research Director PHRC


Prof. Dr. Saqib Mehmood

The University of Health Sciences,



Prof. Dr. Nazli Hossain

Prof. of OBGYN & Dean

Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS),



Prof. Dr. Marie Andrades

Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU),



Prof. Dr. Sualeha Siddiqui Shekhani

Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT),



Prof. Dr. Amjad Mehboob

Gajju Khan Medical College GKMCS

Swabi, KPK



Fees Structure


COVID19-Projects for

National Bioethics Committee (NBC) Pakistan



NBC Secretariat, NIH(HRI)

Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2

Islamabad, Pakistan

Tel: +92-51-9224325, 9207386

Fax: +92-51-9216774