About the Ethical Review Committee (ERC)

The Ethical Review Committee (ERC), or the Human Subject Protection Committee, functions as an Institutional Review Board (IRB) for “Dasman Diabetes Institute (DDI). It is charged to review the ethical aspect of all research proposals that involve Human Subjects, which will be undertaken by the DDI investigators.

The ERC is responsible for ensuring the Dasman Diabetes Institute’s compliance with national and international regulatory standards for research on Human Subjects. National regulatory standards include the laws of the State of Kuwait, rules and regulations of the Ministry of Health, and policies and guidelines of the Dasman Diabetes Institute. In order to ensure compliance with international ethical standards, the Committee evaluates research protocols in accordance with the:

  • Nuremberg Code of Ethics

  • Belmont Report- Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects

  • World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki- Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects

The Committee also takes guidance from applicable international ethical guidelines for biomedical research, such as the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) guidelines for Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research involving Human Subject and Epidemiological Studies.

“Autonomy, Beneficence, and Justice”

ERC Members


Dr. Abdullah Bennakhi – Dasman Diabetes Institute


    • Mr. Wajee Imam- Legal Advisor

    • Dr. Abdulrahman Abdulla Alali- Community Member

    • Dr. Waleed Al-Dahi- Ministry of Health

    • Dr. Majedah Abdul Rasoul- Pediatrician, Kuwait University

    • Dr. Suhail Ahmed- Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University

    • Ms. Rashmi Shiju- Dasman Diabetes Institute (Member and Rapporteur)

Contact Us:

Tel: (+965) 2249 2404 or (+965) 2224 2974 Ext: 3102
Fax: (+965) 2249 2406
E-MAIL: Abdullah.Bennakhi@dasmaninstitute.org


Tel: (+965) 22242999  Ext: 2303
Fax: (+965) 2249 2406
E-MAIL: rashmi.shiju@dasmaninstitute.org