HMC’s ethical research receives gold seal of approval from world renowned joint commission international

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Published March 31st, 2016 - 07:34 GMT
Hamad Medical Corporation
Hamad Medical Corporation

For the first time ever, Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Medical Research Center (MRC) has been assessed and accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), against a new set of standards – the toughest they have ever used since the JCI was created. 

This follows almost two months of rigorous on-site inspections by the internationally renowned independent JCI, which identifies, measures, and shares best practice in quality and patient safety across the world.

 MRC is one of Qatar’s leading institutions supporting research and facilitating the generation of new knowledge to create the evidence which can be applied to every day medical practice.

The MRC has grown into a world class facility supporting research with roots in Qatar but whose branches reach out to research and educational institutions across the globe. Working across all HMC hospitals, the MRC meets research governance requirements and is conducted in accordance with International research standards. The MRC audits and monitors research and provides administrative and management support to HMC’s Research Strategy and Assurance Committee (RSAC).

 “MRC was recently thoroughly examined by JCI inspectors who audited and cross checked our practices against stringent JCI standards, and confirmed we have successfully undergone the rigorous JCI assessment criteria of how we govern and monitor our research as an Academic Health System,” said Dr. Ibrahim Janahi, Executive Director of Research at HMC.

“Human subject research is important in creating the evidence base that can be used to drive forward changes in clinical practice, and supports the development of new treatments that have a tangible impact on our patient’s lives,” added Janahi.

MRC endeavors to continue to support Qatar’s research community in conducting innovative and ethical research by providing guidance, education and oversight for the protection of human subjects. The MRC is responsible for the management of research projects in accordance with HMC policies and procedures.

“We have made significant progress in the development of human subject medical research at HMC. Having achieved JCI accreditation will serve as a catalyst to enhance the research culture in Qatar and certainly sheds light on all the profound research conducted at HMC,” said Janahi.

The JCI inspectors set out to analyze HMC policies and procedures relating to minimizing inherent risks involved in human subject research, as well as determine whether HMC’s hospital leadership are knowledgeable about the governance structure for such research.  Inspectors aimed to identify the caliber of the process for the initial and ongoing review of all human subject research, and how the hospitals communicate with staff around research and research governance processes.

“JCI was not just examining our policy on human subject research. JCI was keenly looking to determine how our policy was applied, and tested the knowledge of our leadership on meticulous standards, demanding professional operational requirements and regulatory criteria across the board, said Angela Ball, Assistant Executive Director of Business Development and Research at MRC.

“Achieving the Gold Seal of Approval from JCI exemplifies HMC’s commitment to medical research and will attract more regional and global collaborators, as well as international patients to HMC; and this is due to the commitment and hard work of our researchers and staff across all of our facilities, dedicated to improving outcomes for our patients,” concluded Janahi.

Since the beginning of January this year, a team of JCI’s international experts and inspectors have meticulously examined over 1400 measurable elements in HMC hospitals all of which have now received official accreditation under the Academic Medical Center standards. HMC remains one of the few international organizations that have achieved this accreditation for all its corporation healthcare entities.

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Hamad Medical Corporation

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is the main provider of secondary and tertiary healthcare in Qatar and one of the leading hospital providers in the Middle East.

For more than four decades, HMC has been dedicated to delivering the safest, most effective and compassionate care to all its patients.

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