NACOSTI regulates and assures quality in Science, Technology and Innovation Sector and advises the Government in matters related thereto. In fulfilling its mandate of assuring quality in matters of research, the Commission receives, and reviews all submitted research proposals before issuance of research licenses. However, there are proposals that require ethical review before consideration of an application for a research license.

NACOSTI has assigned the task of ethical clearance of research proposals to Institutional Scientific and Ethics Review Committees (ISERCs). These Committees are accredited by NACOSTI on the recommendation of the National Scientific and Ethics Committee (NSEC) which is established as per the provisions of section 27 of the STI Act, 2013. ISERCs are established as per paragraph 7(2) of STI (Relevance and Quality Assurance) Regulations 2014.

Currently, there are thirty-nine (39) accredited ISERCs. Sixty seven percent (26) of the committees are domiciled in universities, 18% (7) in hospitals, 8% (3) in research institutions,5% (2) jointly by a university and a hospital and lastly, 2% (1) in a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).

This financial year 2022/2023, NACOSTI has accredited five (5) new ISERCs. TThe table below shows the newly accredited ISERCs.

S/NInstitutionArea accreditedInstitutional Logo
 1St. Paul’s UniversitySocial and Health Sciences 
 2Kisii Teaching and Referral HospitalSocial, Biomedical and Health Sciences 
 3Adventist University of AfricaPublic Health and Social Sciences
 4Meru University of Science and TechnologyHealth Sciences, Agriculture, Animal Science, Social Science, Biomedical Science and Environmental Sciences 
 5Tangaza University CollegeHumanities and Social Sciences 

Institutions who undertake research are encouraged to host an ISERC as this aids their stakeholders to receive ethical review for their research proposals expeditiously.