The Scientific and Ethics Review Unit (SERU) is central to research in KEMRI. The Unit’s purpose is to facilitate research with human participants and to protect their rights and welfare. It was inaugurated in April 2014 after the culmination of a restructuring journey that begun in 2010. SERU reviews research submissions from KEMRI and non -KEMRI researchers interested in conducting research in Kenya.

The Unit ensures that all proposals adhere to scientific and ethical principles that are fundamental to the conduct of research involving human participants. The SERU is composed of a secretariat and four review committees.

Each committee meets monthly to review and approve or disapprove proposals submitted.