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 – August 2017)


Monday, 17th July, 2018

Wednesday, 9th August, 2018

Monday, 17th  September,  2018

Wednesday 17th October, 2018

Monday, 19th November , 2018 Wednesday, 12th December, 2018
Monday 14th  January, 2019 Wednesday 20th February, 2019
Monday, 18th March, 2019

Wednesday, 24th April, 2019

Monday,  13th May, 2019

Wednesday, 19th June, 2019

Monday 15th July, 2019 Wednesday 27th August,  2019


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)

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

Rev Prof. J.O.Y. Mante                     Chairperson
Prof. Christopher Mate-Kole                        Vice Chairperson
Prof. Felix A. Asante                         Member
Prof. Gordon Adika                               Member
Prof. Daniel Frimpong Ofori Member
Dr. Akosua Darkwah                            Member
Dr. George Essegbey Member
Rev. Mrs. Agnes Phillips                       Member
Dr. Lawrence Boakye                             Member
Dr. Atudiwe Atupare 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