Our Services

The primary function of the Committee is to facilitate ethical and safe research, and to protect the welfare, rights, dignity and safety of participants in any human research conducted within the hospital.

The Committee provides independent review of research proposals in accordance with the guidelines established by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

The Committee is comprised of a group of dedicated members, including community representatives, with expertise in the types of research conducted at the hospital. The Committee is constituted and operates in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.

The process ensures that all research conforms to the relevant institutional, jurisdictional and national standards and laws. Research governance addresses protection of research participants, the safety and quality of research, privacy and confidentiality, financial probity, legal and regulatory matters, risk management and monitoring arrangements and promotes good research culture and practice.

Where can I get ethical approval?

Once you have completed and submitted your research application, and it has indicated that further ethical review is required, you will need to apply to the Health, Research and Ethical Committee of the hospital .

  • Why It Is Important To Submit A Research Proposal For Ethical Review

    • The National Othopaedic Hospital, Lagos is committed to the highest ethical standards in research and upholds the rights and interests of patients and participants in research.

    • A breach of the Hospital’s Research Policy may be considered research misconduct with potential for serious disciplinary action.

    • Ethical review is required by many academic journals before publication of an article. The ethical review process also provides a mechanism for risk management.

    • Submitting a research proposal for ethical review provides a source of advice on a range of ethical and regulatory issues that should assist with the design and conduct of individual research projects.

Student Research & Research Ethics

All research conducted under the auspices of the hospital must be submitted for prior ethical review. For example, a student who conducts research as partial fulfilment of an academic degree must submit the research for ethical review.

Our Mission Statement

  • To ensure good medical Practice in the Hospital
  • To ensure research involving human subjects will improve diagnostic, therapeutic and prophylactic procedures as well as the understanding of the etiology and pathogenesis of the disease.
  • To ensure research involving human subject are conducted only by scientifically qualified persons and under the supervision of a clinically competent medical person.
  • To ensure that the refusal of the patient to participate in a research study must never interfere with the physician-patient relationship.
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Ongoing Ethical Conduct Of Research

  • Receiving ethical approval for the conduct of research is only the beginning of the ethical review process. It is the researcher’s responsibility to maintain a reflective approach to ethical issues throughout every stage of the research to ensure ongoing ethical acceptability of the research through to its conclusion

  • The researcher is required to notify the Research and Ethics committee of any changes to the project and must comply with the terms and conditions of approval imposed by the Ethics Committee.

  • The Committee monitors the conduct of the research through to its conclusion. Researchers are required to submit progress reports, requests for amendments to the ethical Committee.

Research Fees

Fees are payable for submitting an Application for Ethical Review. Fees are non-refundable, even if an application is unsuccessful or is withdrawn prior to consideration or determination by the Committee. The fees are outlined in our Fee Schedule. .


  • When granting ethical approval for a research project, the Committee identifies the required terms of approval which include regular reporting and monitoring.

  • It is a condition of approval that an Annual Report is submitted every twelve months from the date of approval; and that a Final Report with soft copy is submitted at the conclusion of the project to the Committee upon request.

Our Contact Details

National Orthopaedic Hospital, Lagos
120 / 124, Ikorodu Road, Igbobi
Lagos, Nigeria
P.M.B 2009, Yaba, Lagos