Important note: All applications to the DERC should be submitted through their usual route and not via the iRIMS-IRB as this system is meant for applications for the NUS-IRB’s review.

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 - Revised on 2 June 2021

Other relevant guidelines/ slides for reference:

     • Email Reminder on Recruitment of non-NUS subjects aged below 21 years old
     • SBER Exemption Guidelines
     • Sharing Session 14 May 2019: Powerpoint Slides

List of DERCs with Contact Details Updated on 16 September 2021

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

Communications and New Media: website
English Language & Literature Ms Pamela Sebestian (
Japanese Studies Ms Chen Xi (
Malay Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, and South Asian StudiesMs Sharifah Alhadad (
Political Science Mr Ryan Tan (
Mr Wesley Ngoi (
Psychology: websitePsych Ethics Enquiries (
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)
DERC: website
 Biological SciencesMs Yong Ann Nee (
 PharmacyDr Lim Wan'e (
School of Business
Ethics Review Committee:
School of ComputingDERC: websiteMs Iris Chang (
School of Design & EnvironmentComprising: Depts of Architecture, Buildling, Industrial Design and Real EstateMs Elizabeth Liu Jia (
Saw Swee Hock School of Public
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (ALCNS): websiteMs Kristen Tan (
NUSMed Medical Sciences Departmental Ethics Review Committee (MSDERC) - comprising: Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology, Pharmacology, Physiology
Ms Ngian Meixing, Cheryl (
Ms Chan Bixiu, Michelle (
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public PolicyInstitute of Policy Studies - DERC Ms Choo Yen Ping (
Dr Mike Hou (
Yale-NUS CollegeYale-NUS College Ethics Review Committee (CERC):
Institute for Applied Learning Sciences
& Educational Technology
Centre for Development
of Teaching & Learning
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 Elsie Lim (

* 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.