Important note: All applications to the DERCs 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).

  • For all research reviewed and approved by a DERC, 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.
  • Requests for statements of concurrences should be submitted to the IRB only after the research is completed, and after the PI has assessed that the results are publishable.

List of DERCs with Contact Details Updated on 29 November 2021

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

Chinese Studies Ms Chen Xi ( or Ms April Ng Siow Hwang (
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)
 Biological SciencesMs Yong Ann Nee (
 Food Science & TechnologyMs Hanny Putri Pranata (
 PharmacyDr Lim Wan'e (
School of Business
Ethics Review Committee:
School of ComputingDERC: websiteMs Iris Chang (
School of Design & EnvironmentComprising: Depts of Architecture, Built Environment, Industrial DesignMs 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
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 (