The College of Business and Management Sciences (COBAMS) is a constituent college of Makerere University with a mission to serve society through the provision of effective practice-oriented learning and research.  It was formed in 2011 and is composed of 3 schools and 7 departments namely: School of Economics, School of Business, and School of Statistics and Planning. The College’s mission is to produce high calibre professionals and promote research and knowledge transfer in Economics, Statistics, Business Management, and Population Sciences, for informed policy and sustainable development. Staff at the College conduct multiple research projects across different disciplines such as finance, health, social sciences, business, management, and economics. Owing to the need to promote research integrity, the College established a Research Ethics Committee – the College of Business and Management Sciences Research Ethics Committee (CoBAMS-REC). This CoBAMS-REC was accredited by the Uganda National Council of Science and Technology with a reference number of UG-REC-032 after the successful completion of a series of activities including site monitoring visits and training.  The core mandate of the CoBAMS-REC is to review and approve research studies and monitor research activities to ensure that they are compliant with the scientific and ethical requirements as stipulated in the national guidelines for research involving humans as research participants.

Our vision

A model Research Ethics Committee in providing ethical research regulation services that will promote the rights and welfare of individual research participants and communities.

Our mission

CoBAMS-REC is committed to providing excellent and transformative ethical research regulation that will uphold ethical principles enshrined in international and local standards for the meaningful protection of the rights and welfare of human research participants.


  1. To offer guidance to individuals and organizations in planning and conducting research following sound scientific and ethical principles.
  2. To conduct an initial and continuing review of research protocols and ensure the protection of the research participants.
  3. To review research protocols in a timely manner at least within 60 days from the time of submission.
  4. To communicate the results/outcomes of the review process within the appropriate time as by the UNCST standards and respond to any allegations of ethical violations in research projects approved or rejected by the REC.

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Members of Staff

Contact Information

The chairperson
College of Business and Management Sciences Research Ethics Committee
Assoc.Prof. Eddy Walakira
Tel: +256 (0) 772490330
Email: ewalakira@gmail.com

The Vice chairperson
College of Business and Management Sciences Research Ethics Committee
Dr. Allen Kabagenyi
Tel: +256 (0) 772480022
Email: allenka79@yahoo.com

The Administrator
College of Business and Management Sciences Research Ethics Committee
Ms. Allen Nambooze
Tel: +256 (0) 775529727/704394446
Email: allennambooze@yahoo.com