The Scientific Research Ethics Subcommittee at the College of Dentistry started its work for the new academic year with the organization of an interactive lecture with the Dentistry College staff members. The lecture was given by Dr. Muhammad Al-Harithi, Chairman of the Subcommittee and Vice-Dean of the College, in the presence of staff members who included committee members.
The Chairman started the lecture with an introduction about the significance of scientific research especially within the academic environment. He also discussed the basics of research ethics, which aimed to protect the subjects (i.e. living creatures). Moreover, he spoke about the development of the steps of interest in the ethics of research, and the establishment thereof by Royal Decree and then the formation of the National Committee of Bioethics. With regards to the College of Dentistry, the Scientific Research Ethics Subcommittee was formed in 2014. Then, its activation started according to the procedures of the National Committee of Bioethics to be reformed afterwards in 2015.
Then, Dr. Al-Harithi touched on the policies and procedures of the process of submitting research projects. In other words, he discussed, via flow-chart, the process starting from admission and ending with the Executive Committee's resolution of approval, conditioned approval or rejection. The lecture ended with the opening of the discussion with the audience about some of the procedures and how to deal with them. The lecture ended with discussion with the audience about some procedures and the methods to deal with them.
It is worth mentioning that all forms of the Scientific Research Ethics Subcommittee at the College of Dentistry were prepared according to the conditions of the National Committee of Bioethics. So far nearly 70 research projects have been reviewed, and nearly 60 executive resolutions have been issued by the Committee in the past two academic years.