As part of efforts to establish a university-wide ethical clearance for research the office of Research Innovation and Development (ORID) Management Board approved the establishment of an Ethics Committee for the Humanities (ECH) to oversee and regulate the ethical conduct of research within the disciplines in the humanities at the University of Ghana. The ECH was established in 2013/14 academic year by ORID in collaboration with the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) and is being hosted by ISSER. 


The Committee currently has (10) members from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds. The background of Committee members includes:

  1. Persons with a background in behavioural sciences
  2. Persons with a background in social sciences
  3. A person with a background in philosophy, ethics or religions
  4. A person with a background in Business Studies
  5. A legal person
  6. A member of the local community

The ECH follows a structured protocol that clearly outlines terms of reference, membership, meetings and criteria for protocol reviews.

The Officers of ECH comprise the Chair, Vice Chair and the Administrator. This body has a permanent Secretariat at ISSER which is manned by the ECH administrator.

Meeting Dates And Deadline For Submission Of Protocol,(August 2019 – August 2020)

Monday 15th July, 2019 Wednesday 21st August, 2019
Monday 16th September, 2019 Wednesday 16th October, 2019
Monday 18th November, 2019 Wednesday 18th December, 2019
Monday 20th January, 2020 Wednesday 19th February, 2020
Monday 16th March, 2020 Wednesday 22nd April, 2020
Monday 18th May, 2020 Wednesday 17th June, 2020
Monday 20th July, 2020 Wednesday 19th August, 2020


ECH Forms

All applicants for ECH clearance must submit the following for consideration:

•    11 hard copies and a soft copy of the proposal and all supporting documents (i.e. proposal, new protocol submission form, consent form, interview guide, questionnaire, letters, CVs, etc.) sent by mail to the Administrator atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

•    CVs of all Investigators with a cover letter signed by the Principal Investigator

  • A cover letter signed by the Supervisor and Head of Department (Applies to Student Investigators only)
  • Investigators (students and researchers) from all other institutions should provide a letter of introduction from collaborating department/faculty within the University of Ghana
  • An Informed Consent Form for Potential Research Participants (Subjects) which can be downloaded from the ISSER website
  • Research Instrument (Questionnaire/Interview guide)

Content of Proposal for Ethical clearance

The format for the full proposal should be as follows:

  • Abstract/Executive Summary (Not more than 250 words)
  • Introduction/Rationale (Not more than 3 pages)
  • Literature Review (Not more than 4 pages)
  • Aims or Objectives of study
  • Methodology (Include Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria)
  • Ethical Considerations: (i.e. consent procedures, confidentiality, privacy, risks and benefits, etc.)
  • Expected Outcome/Results
  • References
  • Work Plan
  • Budget and Budget Justification


  • Work Plan

ECH Forms to download

  1. New Protocol Submission form
  2. Continue Review form
  3. Protocol Amendment form
  4. Study Deviation form
  5. Study Closure form
  6. Protocol Consent form
  7. Sample submission letter to ECH
  8. Guardian Consent form

Note: The forms are revised regularly. Please use the current versions listed above.

Ethics Review Charges Information

University of Ghana Approved Charges for Ethics Committees

  1. Clinical Trials   -$ 750
  2. Protocols         -$ 500

Exempt Category: UG students and faculty members with UG grants (UG funded)

The processes for making payment are as follows:

  1. Contact the Office of Research, Innovation and Development (ORID) Account Office or the appropriate ethics committee where an invoice will be generated.
  2. Proceed to make payment at University of Ghana Cash Office.
  3. Protocol is then submitted to the appropriate ethics committee with receipt attached for processing and review.

NB: Individuals, international organization and UG-faculty with externally funded grants are not exempted


ECH Membership

Prof. Christopher Mate-Kole                        Chairperson
Prof. Akosua Darkwa                        Member
Dr. George Essegbey                              Member
Dr. Lawrence Boakye Member
Prof. Gordon Adika  
Prof. Peter Quartey                          Member
Rev. Kofi Ankama-Asamoah Member
Prof. Esther Sakyi-Dawson                    Member
Mrs. Rosemond Evans                           Member
Dr. Lily Yarney Member

Contact Us

The Administrator

Ethics Committee for Humanities


University of Ghana


Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel: +233- 303933866