IN an attempt to improve health research in Fiji and push for a more accountable approach to the subject, the Health Ministry has launched the Fiji Health Research Portal.
The portal, which provides an online platform on which all medical research currently being done in the country will be available, is expected to be reviewed by professionals.
"The portal will provide public access to a registry of all the approved and ongoing research in Fiji from November 1, 2013, and a directory of domestic and international researchers doing health-related research in Fiji," explained Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma at yesterday's launch.
"The portal caters for online proposal submissions by investigators and review by reviewers and the committee online anytime from anywhere, as long as they have access to a computer and internet."
Dr Sharma said in terms of the beneficial reach the portal would have, researchers would benefit a lot.
"The system will benefit researchers the most.
"To ensure protection of human research subjects, Fiji requires prior review of health-related research proposals by the health research ethics review committees.
"With the portal, researchers will be able to submit the proposal for ethics review anytime from anywhere in a paperless manner and can track the review status of their proposal."