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Biobank Ethics Committee for Approval of Biobanks

The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) at University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), has regulated that all biobancks being accessed by researches submitting protocols for review are required to undergo a formal approval and registry process through a subcommittee of the HREC known as the Biobank Ethics Committee (BEC). P. Meewes of BARC South Africa & Safia Mohamed at the University of Witwatersrand explains that the committee has been assigned with a mandate to review all such research applications for biobank storage, or for registration of a biobank requesting approval for the storage of human biological material (HBM).