National Committees of Bio Ethics
By Royal Decree (No. 7/B/9512) dated 18/5/1422H, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques ordered the creation of a national committee, the National Committee of Bio and Medical Ethics, later renamed the National Committee of Bio Ethics, by Royal Decree (No. M/59) dated 14/09/1431H. The Committee seeks to develop and monitor compliance with bio and medical research ethics and standards, to improve and enhance all health, preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, psychological aspects of life, while preserving human dignity, elevating charity, justice, individual and societal rights, in alignment with the Islamic Shari’a, and the traditions and essence of the culture of the Kingdom. Its interests would also include bio medical research ethics, and its application in hospitals, universities, research institutions, and all related public and private sectors.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has issued the Royal Decree (No. M/59) dated 14/9/1431H, on implementing the law of (System of Ethics of Research on Living creatures), set by the National Committee of Bio Ethics. This Law aims at setting the general principles and controls necessary for dealing with “Living Creatures”, parts thereof, or their genetic material in research, in light of applicable professional ethics not conflicting with Shari’a. By Royal Decree (No. 122512 /M/10) dated 29/1/1433H, the President of KACST, ordered the creation of the executive regulations of the system. The committee held, in the year of this report, 18 meetings, including major, executive and sub-meetings and other meetings of the Monitoring Office for Research Ethics. Some of the outcomes:
- Submit observations of SFDA on the regulations.
- Create several task forces to perform various tasks related to the system, the executive regulations and some of the controls issued by the committee.
- Adopt a unified mechanism and additional controls (under the umbrella of the system) to confirm the registration of local committees.
- Communicate with whoever has bio-related research queries, via the e-mail of the National Committee.
- Discuss the Committee’s main activity for 1438H.
- Discuss the tasks of the Monitoring Office for Research Ethics.
- Discuss the initial recommendations of the workshop.
- Adopt the initial recommendations of the workshop “Individuals genetic structure based-medicine ethical aspects”.
- Register of 528 researchers, giving a total of 872, now of both genders.
The Technical Committee for the Work of Plastic Standards
The mechanism of the technical team system dedicated to prepare the Saudi standards and technical regulations (QMS-WI-07-05) was adopted in 17/10/1435H, in collaboration with the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO). The committee seeks to develop the process of the Preparation of Saudi standards and technical regulations for plastic, and present its specification-related videos. It aims also to review, periodically, the Saudi standards and technical regulations which have been issued already, which found to be in need of review or which received comments, in order to ensure compliance with national requirements international standards.
Task Force on Implanted Medical Devices Standards
KACST is a member of the National Task Force on implanted medical devices standards, headed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It intended to prepare and adopt the standards and technical regulations issued by the FDA, and adopt the international standards of implanted medical devices products.
The National Commission for Seismology
KACST is a member of the National Commission for Seismology, headed by the Saudi Geological Survey. Other members include KSU, KFUPM, and KAU. The commission is dedicated to follow up the seismic situation in the Kingdom, and monitor seismic activity, through the national network. Established following Royal Decree (No. 228) dated 13/08/1425H, by the Council of Ministers.
Committee of Hazardous Substances in Air, Sea and Land Entry Points
Established in 14/04/1431H, in order to study the situation of the hazardous substances in air, sea and land entry points, and prevent their accumulation. In addition, to find the appropriate mechanism to expedite the completion of its procedures and take the necessary measures to evacuate all ports of the accumulated hazardous goods.
The Advisory Committee of the Petroleum Engineering Departments Council at KSU and KFUPM
The National Petroleum and Gas Technology Center participates in the advisory committees of the Petroleum Engineering Departments Council, at King Saud University and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, that deal with all activities of the administrative departments, the study plans and the scientific guidance. It concentrates on the organizational structure and schedule of the newly established faculty in KFUPM, in which the disciplines of Earth Sciences and Petroleum Engineering were merged.
The Saudi Committee of layers-related succession in the Kingdom
KACST participates in the Saudi Committee of layers-related succession in the Kingdom, dedicated to unify the names of the rock layers in the Kingdom, headed by the Geological Survey Authority, with the participation of several entities.
The Scientific Committee of Technology Innovation Center on Carbon Capture and Storage at KFUPM
KACST continues to be a member of the scientific committee of technology Innovation Center on Carbon Capture and Storage at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, within the Technology Innovation Centers Program. This committee works to study and update the center’s directions, study and approve the scientific activities, and supervise the study and arbitration of research proposals, periodic and final technical reports, submitted to the center, in addition to all scientific matters related to the implementation and formation of the center.
The National Committee of the Kingdom’s Participation in the 2017 Expo in the Republic of Kazakhstan
KACST is a member of the National Committee on the Kingdom’s Participation in the 2017 Expo, which will be held in the Republic of Kazakhstan, with the participation of several governmental agencies. This committee works to prepare and supervise the Kingdom pavilion in the exhibition, in accordance with the Kingdom’s position, and highlight its pioneering role, vision and goals in the field of energy.
Inter-Agency Committee on Radiological and Nuclear Emergencies
Several meeting were held, in coordination with King Abdulaziz City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, related to the revision of the national plan on the response to radiation and nuclear emergencies, readiness of the parties participating in the plan, in addition to put an-end-state vision of the requirements and tasks of the participants in the plan.