Departmental committee for ethical approval of studies involving human subjects

The departmental committee for ethical approval of studies involving human subjects handles requests to conduct experiments that do not require the approval of the university committee or of stricter committees such as the Helsinki Committee.

Basically, the departmental committee handles research that involves no more than minimal risk, does not include intentional fraud of the subjects, does not handle sensitive populations or sensitive issues, and includes a standard consent process for the subjects to participate in the experiment. More details about these criteria can be found in the university committee's letter. Studies that do not meet these criteria will be submitted to the university committee.

The departmental committee does not handle research that is funded by external parties, whether they are academic parties (ISF, BSF, GIF) or industry parties. In these cases, the request must be submitted to the university committee.

If the research is actually carried out by research students, the department expects the supervising faculty members to be involved in the application and review its content. The faculty member who signs the application form is held responsible for carrying out the research in accordance with the details of the application, even if the actual research is carried out by research students.

It goes without saying that the applications must be submitted to the committee before the research is carried out.

As of September 2013, all faculty members and all research students (for master's and master's degrees) conducting research with humans as subjects are required to successfully complete an online course on subject protection before submitting an application to the (university or departmental) committee. The researchers must also attach to each request for ethical approval of research the passing approvals for this course. Please see the university committee's instructions​ on the subject. Also, please see the To_register_and_go_through_the_CITI_system (1).docx that will help you register on the course website and complete the course (the user of the website has been updated regarding the screenshots, but the content remains almost the same). We strongly recommend that you take the course as soon as possible and do not postpone it until the last minute. The course includes more than 20 modules, at the end of each of which there is a short exam. Completing the course may take longer than expected.

Forms are required for submission to the departmental committee

3. Subjects' consent form (see example)

4. Confirmation of successful completion of the CITI training course for all researchers

For more details, you can contact Prof. Noam Traktinsky