Do you want to do research in the facilities of the Johannesburg Health District?
Please start by filling an application on the National Health Research Database (NHRD). See the Researcher Manual (PHRC 2017) to guide you as well. Please make sure you select the exact facilities in Johannesburg, Gauteng. You should get an email from NHRD with the NHRD reference number. Your application and related documents will be picked up by the Jhb DRC Research Administrator.
You can apply to Jhb DRC concurrent with your ethics application. In that case, don’t worry about the requirement for ethics approval in the NHRD application. You should get an email from us acknowledging your application and supporting your research in principle, that you can include in your ethics application.
We will be reviewing applications within two weeks of application as a rule and providing an answer. If you don’t have ethics approval yet it will be approved provisionally, subject to your ethics approval being provided. Once we receive your ethics approval we will send you a formal approval letter. We urge you to then your ethics approval to NHRD afterward. The final approval letter will be signed by the Chief Director, Johannesburg Health District, and/or the Executive Director, Health Department, City of Johannesburg. You should usually get a response within one week of reviewer approval and/or presenting your ethics approval.
If you are following up then please quote your NHRD reference number! You can email, call, or visit Busi Sikhosana at the Jhb DRC Office at Hillbrow CHC Administration Building, Klein Street, Hillbrow, Johannesburg to follow up. See more about the District Research Committee of Johannesburg Health District, including Busi’s details.