Online Course on Research Ethics Committee (REC)

Jul 01 - Jul 31, 2024

This online course provides an opportunity for new/old, busy ethics committee members and health researchers to update their knowledge on Ethics Committee (EC) processes and the research compliances required of researchers.

  • The complete duration of this course is 8 hours but it may be completed over a period of one month
  • Upon successful completion, participant will receive a Course Completion certificate from St John’s Research Institute

Course Objectives

The challenges of conducting human health research are technical and financial — and beyond that, they are also moral, requiring us to conduct health research of the highest standards. The main objective of this course is to introduce basic ethical concepts useful for the ethics review of research protocols involving human participants. The materials presented in this course are to serve as a starting-point for a basic understanding of research ethics. It is designed to draw attention to critical issues, without necessarily resolving them. We invite you to read all the modules along with the exercises and complete the entire course. In addition, for it to be of practical application in your regular work, we encourage you to:

• Review a study protocol along with a reading of the relevant portions of this course

• Participate in REC processes/meetings (if possible) and see how the material presented here matches with the conduct of the meeting

• And get back to us for clarifications and also to provide feedback and suggestions on ways to improve the course.

Course Schedule


Module #

Module Title



Institutional Ethics Committee Formation

 70 min


Protocol Review and Decision-making

50 min


Scientific Assessment

80 min


Research Ethics Committee (REC) - Primary Responsibility

60 min


Informed Consent

70 min


EC - Documentation

40 min



70 min


Committee Registration

40 min

Who should attend

This online REC course is intended to help ethics committee members, researchers, regulatory authorities, medical college faculty and others interested in health care and research

Organization and Delivery

The course will be hosted and delivered online by St John’s Medical College and Research Institute. After successful registration, all participants will be provided with a ‘username’ and ‘password’. The course can then be accessed any time using a desktop, laptop or tablet.


Registration is to be done online at the weblink given below. Payment for registration is accepted via credit/debit card or net banking using a payment gateway. It is to be paid along with the submission of the registration form and the medical council registration details (for doctors only) directly on the website.

The course starts on 1 - 31 July  2024. Registration is now open

For Registration please CLICK HERE

Course fee

For participants from within India: INR 2800/- plus 18% GST or INR 1800/- plus 18% GST [ for intramural St John’s participants only]

For participants from outside India: US $ 65/- (Sixty five US dollars only)

For further enquiry and registration, contact

Dr Prem K. Mony, MD

Course Director

Professor & Head

Division of Epidemiology & Population Health

St. John’s Research Institute

Bangalore – 560034, India


Dr Kavya, MPH

Course Coordinator

Assistant Professor

Division of Epidemiology & Population Health

St. John’s Research Institute

Bangalore – 560034, India


Ph: 91-80-46497032