Quality assurance in research
The WHO Kobe Centre is committed to supporting the highest quality research. In doing so, the WKC has established a Quality Assurance Plan for Research to set forth the principles for good research practices. This plan is used to institutionalize quality assurance processes through each step in managing and carrying out of the research including design of the research plan, procurement procedures and competitive bidding, screening research applications, external review of technical merit, ethics review process, contracting research products, and monitoring and evaluating implementation.
This Quality Assurance Plan for Research applies to all staff of the WKC, including technical, administrative and managerial staff, interns, volunteers, secondments, and visiting researchers. It also applies to all collaborators and contractors who participate in research activities in cooperation with staff of the WKC. Furthermore, it is applicable to all research activities, including the funding, sponsoring, endorsing, or coordinating of research; providing technical advice either directly or through advisory groups; and directly conducting the research. Through its code of conduct, the WKC must ensure that contracting institutions uphold principles in line with the WHO Code such that any infringements may cause the WKC to terminate its collaboration arrangement following consultation with the legal bureau.
Any applicants to calls for proposals are encouraged to familiarize themselves with this plan.