The Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI) established an Institutional Review Board (IRB) in 1997, the first independent ethics committee in Zimbabwe. It is registered with the Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP) and has a Federal-Wide Assurance (FWA) number for projects administered through BRTI (FWA00026569). This means the Institute has committed to comply with the requirements of the Federal (U.S.) 

BRTI Institutional Review Board

Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (45 CFR part 46/ Common rule) when its employees or partners engage in non-exempt research conducted or supported by the US Department of Health and Human Services or other research covered by the Assurance. The FWA is the only assurance accepted and approved by the OHRP.

The BRTI also reports annually to the Office for Research Integrity (ORI) concerning any instances of misconduct in research.The BRTI IRB comprises seven members and two support staff, as shown below

PhD in Transfusion Risk Modelling, MSc in Biostatistics, MSc in Applied Statistics, BSc in Biological Sciences and Statistics, Advanced Health Management

Dr. Tonderai Mapako

Biostatistics Strategic Planning / Health Management, (Chairperson)

PhD Epidemiology–HIV/TB MSc Immunology/Microbiology BSc. Applied Biology Microbiology/ public health/socio-behavioural sciences

Dr. Shungu Munyati

Microbiology/ public health/socio-behavioural sciences

PhD in Social Epidemiology MSc in Population and Development BSW-Social Work DSW-Social Work Social Work, Social epidemiology

Dr. Constance Nyamukapa

Social Work, Social epidemiology

MBA Human resources, Diploma in Business Studies (specializing in Human Resources), Advanced Management Diploma

Mr. Charles Makina

Insurance, Human resources

MSc. in International Relations MSc. in Strategic Management Bachelor of Laws (LLB) BSc. (Hons) in Political Science Law Community systems strengthening

Mr. Tatenda Makoni

Law, Community systems strengthening

MSoc Sc (Research Ethics in Psychology), MSc Population Studies, BSc. Hons. Psychology

Mr. Farirai Mutenherwa

Research ethics Social science research

PhD Parasitology, Mphil International Community health, ND Biological technology

Prof. Nicholas Midzi

Microbiology/community health

MBA B.Pharm (Hons)

Ms. Farirai Kainga-Mtema


LCCI Diploma in Business Administration

Mrs. Norah Mushamba


Application for Ethics Review

The Principal Investigator (PI) is required to complete an application form, which can be accessed here. All sections must be completed in typescript. If there is insufficient space, please use an additional page. The application should be accompanied by the full protocol, and a summary of the study in an appropriate format as outlined in the application form. Applications should be submitted via email to:  

The IRB accepts both normal and expedited review applications. A normal application takes approximately four weeks, while an expedited review takes 14 days. The fee schedule  for IRB applications is provided below:


  • Normal IRB application – USD 250 or ZWL equivalent
  • Expedited review – USD500 or ZWL equivalent
  • Tertiary Education Students – USD 150 or ZWL equivalent


The IRB meets quarterly. The schedule of IRB meetings for 2021 are as follows:

  • 16 February
  • 11 May
  • 17 August
  • 16 November


Important links

Medical Research Council of Zimbabwe –

Research Council of Zimbabwe –

Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe –

Clinical –

Biomedical Research and Training Institute –

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