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17 May 2021
Webinar: Research Ethics, POPIA and Code of Conduct Webinar
Universities are expected to be compliant with The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) by 1 July 2021. POPIA will impact not only our research practices, but also how we view and apply Research Ethics. Various stakeholders, including The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), have been part of this process, and a POPIA Code of Conduct for Research is emerging. 

The document Discussions on POPIA: Drafting a Code of Conduct for Research states, “In addition to providing prior authorisations for research, as set out above, the Code of Conduct is needed to provide guidance to researchers on how to rationalise the provisions of POPIA in relation to existing laws and standards regulating research. The general norm, in this instance, is that whichever law provides a greater level of protection of rights, and particularly the right to privacy, takes precedence (Adams et al, 2021).” 

Join our speakers to explore the following, and other, questions:
  1. How will The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) Code of Conduct for Research impact research at South African universities? 
  • What is the impact of the legislation on the sharing of research data, open science, and collaborations?
  • What is the impact on thematic areas of interest, including consent models, genomics research, information matching programmes and the use of social media data in research?

    2. What implications will the POPIA Code of Conduct for Research have on the Research Ethics approval processes at UWC?
  • BMREC
  • HSSREC
Interesting reads: https://academic.oup.com/idpl/article/10/2/180/5847957

Adams R, Veldsman S, Ramsay M, Soodyall H. Drafting a Code of Conduct for Research under the Protection of Personal Information Act No. 4 of 2013. S Afr J Sci. 2021;117(5/6), Art. #10935. https://doi.org/10.17159/sajs.2021/10935

Webinar Details
Date:
Monday, 31 May 2021
Time: 10h00 - 12h00
Please register using this link: https://uwc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3YlS3ETNRbSlT6RSxVNTcQ