The Orapuh Research Ethics Board (OREB) is responsible for ensuring that all research conducted within Orapuh adheres to the highest ethical standards, promotes integrity, and respects the rights and welfare of participants. This policy outlines the procedures for the review, approval, monitoring, and oversight of research activities at Orapuh.

Scope: This policy applies to all research conducted by Orapuh employees, contractors, students, and collaborators, regardless of funding source or research methodology. It encompasses all research proposals submitted for review, including original research, literature reviews, AI-generated content, and seminar proposals.

Ethical Principles:

  1. Respect for Participants: Researchers must respect the dignity, rights, privacy, and autonomy of research participants, ensuring informed consent, confidentiality, and protection from harm.
  2. Integrity: Research must be conducted with honesty, transparency, and rigor, avoiding fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other forms of academic misconduct.
  3. Beneficence: Research should maximize potential benefits while minimizing risks to participants and society, prioritizing the welfare of individuals and communities.
  4. Justice: Research must be fair and equitable, ensuring the inclusion of diverse populations and the equitable distribution of benefits and burdens.

Review Process:

  1. Submission of Research Proposals:
    • Researchers must submit their research proposals using the Orapuh Research Proposal Form (ORP Form) for general research or the Orapuh Review Title Registration Form (ORTR Form) for special research reviews.
    • For AI-generated content, researchers must use the AI Generated Content Review Form (AGCR Form) to submit the relevant portions of their work.
    • Orapuh School Seminar Proposal Form (OSPF) is used for seminar proposals.
  2. Initial Review:
    • The OREB will conduct an initial review of each research proposal to assess its ethical implications, scientific validity, methodology, and potential impact.
    • Proposals found to meet the required standards will proceed to the next stage.
  3. Ethical Review:
    • The OREB will conduct a comprehensive ethical review, evaluating the proposed research’s adherence to ethical principles, including informed consent, privacy protection, risk assessment, and benefit analysis.
    • Researchers may be required to provide additional information or make revisions to address ethical concerns identified during the review process.
  4. Approval and Monitoring:
    • Once approved, researchers may proceed with their research activities under the supervision of the OREB.
    • The OREB will monitor the conduct and outcomes of approved research to ensure ongoing compliance with ethical standards and regulatory requirements.
  5. Publication and Dissemination:
    • Research findings resulting from approved proposals may be published in the Orapuh Journal (Orap J), Orapuh Protocols (OraPro), Orapuh Literature Reviews (Orap Lit Rev), or presented in Orapuh School Seminars, as appropriate.

Compliance and Enforcement:

  1. Non-compliance with this policy may result in disciplinary action, including suspension of research activities, withdrawal of approval, or other appropriate sanctions.
  2. Researchers are responsible for promptly reporting any deviations from the approved research protocol to the OREB.

Training and Education: Orapuh will provide training and educational resources on research ethics, responsible conduct of research, and compliance with institutional policies to researchers, staff, and students involved in research activities.

Conclusion: The Orapuh Research Ethics Board Policy underscores our commitment to upholding the highest ethical standards in research conduct and ensuring the integrity, welfare, and rights of research participants. By adhering to this policy, Orapuh promotes a culture of ethical research excellence and contributes to the advancement of knowledge and innovation.