Research ethics

The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Ethics Committee monitors the ethical nature of research and teaching undertaken in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS) in respect of biotechnology and genetic engineering, human subjects in research as an individual person, a group or a community; occupational hazards and biohazards, as well as the use of data, which may impact on man, animal and plant life and the environment. 

The application process has evolved and is now fully online.

How to get to the online application:

Login to UP Portal  (  / MyTUKS Login)
On the UP Staff Portal, UP Student Portal and UP Guest Portal, find the “Research Grants & Ethics” section.
Click on the Research Grants & Ethics link, see below:

On the Homepage, click on the “Ethics Application & Approval” tile:


Please take note that the submssion deadline is the first (1st) of every month

Applications for ethics at the University of Pretoria is extremely important in order to protect the University and its Faculties as well as the researchers from possible legal action. In order to achieve these goals all projects in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences that involve Biohazards, External data, Human participants or  GMO's need to submit an application for ethical approval. Please note that you can not proceed with the project until ethical approval has been obtained.

Downloadable annual progress form:

For studies involving human participants in research: Annual progress from for studies involving human participants

Other relevant forms and links (for studies involving human participants):

NAS Research Ethics Committee


Prof Edward Webb

[email protected]

Administrative assistant

Ms Tracey Reis

[email protected]

Animal applications

Dr Carina Visser

[email protected]

Biohazard Applications [Organismal]

Prof Dave Berger

[email protected]

Biohazard Applications [Chemical]

Dr Patricia Forbes

[email protected]

External and internal data

Dr Lizelle Fletcher

[email protected]

Genetically Modified Organisms

Dr Juan Vorster

[email protected]

Human participants

Dr Suné Donoghue

[email protected] 
[email protected]

Direct your enquiries to [email protected]

All applications involving animals in research and training are reviewed by the Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) which is a centralised committee for all faculties and departments at the University of Pretoria. If you would like to apply for ethical clearance and your research and or training involves the use of animals, please go to the Animal Ethics Committee website.

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