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.

Faculty / College
Dept & WebsitePOC
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)

Communications and New Media: website
English Language & Literature Ms Pamela Sebestian (
Japanese Studies Ms Irene Ng (
Malay Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, and South Asian StudiesMs Sharifah Alhadad (
Political Science Mr Wesley Ngoi (
Psychology: websiteMs Chan Mei Xin (
Social Work: website
Ms Tan Ching Lin (
Sociology: websiteMr Noor Faizal bin Rabu (
Faculty of Engineering (FOE)Faculty-wide DERC: website
Faculty of Science (FOS)
PharmacyMs Cui Yan Ting (
School of Business
Management & OrganizationA/Prof Daniel McAllister (
School of ComputingDERCMs Iris Chang (
School of Design & EnvironmentDERCMs Elizabeth Liu Jia (
Saw Swee Hock School of Public HealthDERC coming soon!Ms Crystal Chua (
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (ALCNS): websiteMs Foo Si Min (
Ms Josephine Ma (
Yale-NUSYale-NUS Research Ethics
Institute for Application
of Learning Science
& Educational Technology
Centre for Development
of Teaching & Learning
Joint DERC - The Learning & Analytics Committee on Ethics (LACE)
- for review of all Educational research that qualifies for an Exemption: website
Mr Kevin Hartman (
The College of Alice and Peter Tan (CAPT)DERC: websiteMs Lee Meng Choo (
University Scholars Programme (USP)DERCMs Rohayu Binte Hamdi (
Chua Thian Poh Community
Leadership Centre
DERCMs Vickneswari Savarimuthu (

* 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.