Obtaining local IRB
The processes for obtaining permission to conduct research in Tanzania, involves, first of all, obtaining IRB approval from the national health research ethics committee (NatHREC) of the national institute for medical research (NIMR) in Tanzania. We will assist you with all the application processes for the local IRB, including; preparing all the needed documents, re-writing the project proposal in the required format, translating all the study tools in to the local language (Swahili), identification of the local PI, follow up for the support letters from the respective institutions, submitting all the necessary study materials, and following up with the review Board.
Identification of Local PI & Obtaining Support Letters
Among other requirements for obtaining local IRB approval by the NatHREC is that an applicant must also present a commitment/support letter from an affiliated PUBLIC institution in Tanzania and/or local government officials. CSK will assist you in identifying the most appropriate local PI from a public institution and following up for the letter of support.
Foreign researchers who will be involved in data collection in Tanzania must obtain a research permit from the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH). To be granted permission to conduct research in Tanzania, the researcher must present the IRB approval from the NatHREC along with other application documents. CSK will assist you with all the application processes and obtaining the research permit.
Permission from Local Authorities
Under the decentralization policy and health sector reforms initiated in the 1990s in Tanzania, decision-making processes in health care services were devolved to the local authorities at district level. Hence, to be able to conduct research, permission must also be obtained from the regional and district authorities where the research sites are located. To be granted this permission, the researchers must present to the respective regional and/or district authorities, the local IRB approval obtained from the NatHREC and support letter obtained from the affiliated public institution(s). CSK will assist you with all the processes for obtaining permission to conduct research in the respective regional and district authorities.
Some regions like Mbeya and Mwanza requires the research protocol be approved by their own research and ethics committee. CSK will assist you to inquire/check whether a regional IRB is applicable in the regions that you plan to conduct your work, and if applicable, we will assist you with all the application processes.
We will use our wide knowledge of the Tanzanian context and our long experience working in the health system in the various regions of Tanzania to advise you where to conduct your research activities.