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 2016 – July 2017)

Thursday, 16th  June 2016 Wednesday, 31st  August, 2016
Monday, 12Th  September,  2016 Wednesday, 28th September, 2016
Monday,  17th October 2016 Wednesday, 23rd November, 2016
Monday, 12th December 2016 Wednesday, 25th January  2017
Monday 13th February, 2017 Wednesday 22nd  March, 2017
Monday, 10th  April, 2017 Wednesday, 24th May, 2017
Monday, 12th June, 2017 Wednesday 12th July, 2017


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 at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or  This 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)

Fill out new protocol submission and Consent forms, which can be downloaded from the ISSER website below:

Details of Proposal for Ethical clearance: This should be the format of the full proposal

  • Abstract/Executive Summary (Not more than 250 words)
  • Introduction/Rationale (Not more than 5 pages)
  • Literature Review (Not more than 5 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

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.

ECH Membership

Rev Prof. J.O.Y. Mante                     Chairperson
Dr. Jemima Anderson                       Vice Chairperson
Prof. Christopher Mate-Kole             Member
Prof. Felix A. Asante                         Member
Dr. Poku Adusei                                 Member
Dr. Akosua Darkwa                             Member
Dr. Joseph. K. Asenso                           Member
Rev. Mrs. Agnes Phillips                       Member
Prof. Daniel Frimpong Ofori                 Member
Dr. Lawrence Boakye                             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. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel: +233- 303933866