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Decision-making Procedures of the Ethics Review Committee for Social Sciences and Humanities (ERCSSH)

Any Ethics Review Committee can make any one of the following three decisions after reviewing a research proposal for ethics clearance:

(a) Approval of the project/proposal as it stands.

(b) Acceptance of the project/proposal subject to specified alterations/ revisions, and

(c) Rejection.

The ERCSSH will be predominantly guided by general principles of ethical research with human participants when making decisions with regard to a proposal where the decision will be based on the consensus among its membership. The applicant will be informed of the decision in writing. If the research proposal/ project is approved subject to specified alterations/revisions, the ERCSSH in each case shall appoint a member (within the committee) to oversee the incorporation of the comments and revisions done.

In preparing this document we consulted the following sources of information

• Frankfort Nachmias and Nachmias, 1996, Voice recording the interviews, as suggested by Henn Foard 2006).

• Procedures and guidance of the Ethics Review Committee of the School of Social Sciences at the Cardiff University (implemented from 2004) ( _of_research_procedures_and_guidance.pdf- accessed on 15th July 2013)

• Research Ethics Policy and Procedures of the school of health in social science, University of Edinburgh 2011( - accessed on 15th July 2013)

• Standard operational procedures of the Ethics Review Committee, (Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo 2012 ( -accessed on 15th July 2013)

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