The SIDCER Organizational Structure

SIDCER is WHO/TDR initiative undertaken in partnership with regional fora and health research organizations focused on developing global capacity in ethical review and Good Research Practices. Alliances with other major participants in health research aligns SIDCER with broad governmental and research organization forces dedicated to the improvement of the human condition through science and ethics in health research. SIDCER brings together the technical and financial support of these regional fora in order to promote the development of independent and competent in-country ethical review committees and systems. Through the development and sustained support of regional and country fora, SIDCER assists countries, institutions, and communities in building capacity for ethical review. In doing so, SIDCER contributes to the development of community-based decision-making as well as legislative and regulatory frameworks for healthcare.

The organizational structure of SIDCER is focused on the ongoing development of the autonomy of the regional fora while strengthening the international network of collaboration with organizations that support the highest ethical standards in local, national, and international research.

The SIDCER organizational structure is composed of the SIDCER Steering Committee, the SIDCER Advisory Board, and the SIDCER Secretariat.

As a WHO/TDR initiative, SIDCER benefits from the experience and network of WHO/TDR in developing research, healthcare, and capacity-building in disease endemic countries. Following an initial two year period, the Steering Committee and WHO/TDR will review the progress of the SIDCER and consider it for development as an independent organization. (Article 5, Appendix I). The organizational structure is presented visually in the diagrams below.

Diagram I: The SIDCER Organizational Structure

SIDCER Advisory Board: Organizations and individuals invited by the fora representatives to the Steering Committee and approved by TDR/WHO SIDCER Steering Committee: Representatives of the regional fora & partner organizations
The SIDCER Secretariat: Project manager
Project coordinator
Development officer

Diagram II: The SIDCER Steering Committee

The Regional Fora
The Partner Organizations

The SIDCER Steering Committee

The SIDCER Steering Committee is responsible for developing the programme and funding of SIDCER, with the support and approval of WHO/TDR. The SIDCER steering committee is composed of representatives of the regional fora and representatives of invited partner organizations. The regional fora consist initially of the Forum for Ethics Committees in the Confederation of Independent States (FECCIS), Forum for Ethics Committees in Asia & the Western Pacific (FERCAP), the Foro Latino Americano de Comités de Ética en Investigacion en Salud [Latin American Forum of Ethics Committees in Health Research] (FLACEIS), the Forum for Institutional Review Boards [IRBs]/Ethics Review Boards [ERBs] in Canada and the United States (FOCUS), and the Pan African Bioethics Initiative (PABIN).

WHO/TDR, on the advice of the regional fora, invited the following organizations to join the Steering Committee: the European Forum for Good Clinical Practice (EFGCP), International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers' Association (IFPMA), the Indian Medical Research Council (ICMR) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The SIDCER Advisory Board

The SIDCER Advisory Board is composed of representatives of organizations involved in international health research and ethics. The Advisory Board provides advice to the Steering Committee on the objectives and development of SIDCER and its projects.

The SIDCER Secretariat

The Secretariat is the operational arm of SIDCER. It consists of a Project Manager, a Project Coordinator, a Development Officer, and a Secretary. The Fora Representatives to the Steering Committee propose the criteria and job descriptions for the selection of the Project's four staff members.