With effect from 1 June 2019, faculty research that qualifies for an Exemption may be reviewed and approved by a Departmental Ethics Review Committee (DERC). This applies to social, behavioural and educational research (SBER) that is of minimal risk, but excludes any human biomedical research (HBR) that falls within section 3 of the Human Biomedical Research Act (HBRA).
Please refer to our DERC guidelines as follows:
• Ethics Review of Student Research by DERC
• Ethics Review of Faculty Research by DERC
• DERC Template for Reporting to NUS-IRB
Other relevant guidelines/ slides for reference:
• SBER Exemption Guidelines
• Sharing Session 14 May 2019: Powerpoint Slides
Important! In view of our current migration to an online IRB application system, researchers requiring an urgent review are advised to channel their SBER applications (that are minimal risk and qualify for IRB exemption) to their faculty/school's DERC. A list of DERCs with contact persons are listed below.
For depts/faculties not listed, please contact your school directly.
List of DERCs and Persons of Contact (POCs) Updated as of 9 January 2020 *
* NUS-IRB will list any updated details below once we are made aware of it.
* For student and faculty research reviewed and approved by a DERC: As a gentle reminder, the NUS-IRB contact details should not be reflected on the Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form (PIS&CF). For an independent opinion regarding the ethics of the study and rights of research subjects, the contact details of the approving DERC should be reflected accordingly.