University of Malaya Research Ethics Committee (UMREC)



The University of Malaya Research Ethics Committee (UMREC) undertakes ethics review of all research involving human participants including funded and unfunded research which is non-medical.

The UMREC conducts an ethics review prior to the beginning of any research involving human participants. The UMREC examines the ethics components of the research such as, sound methodology, possible risks to the subjects, recruitment of subjects, consent from the subjects, confidentiality or anonymity for the subjects, the way in which the data is handled, and how feedback can be provided for the subjects.

More information is available in the following documents:

1)  Code of Research Ethics
2)  University of Malaya Manual of Responsible  Research

Application of UMREC 
1)Staff of University of Malaya can directly apply through UMPortal-Research - Research Ethics Application (Non Medical)
2) Student can apply manually
3.The form of UMREC clearance should be obtained through this website and submitted (2 hard copies)

The UMREC meets regularly once a month. Please check the dates of these meetings to ensure your application is dealt with as quickly as possible. There is a broad range of research activities and disciplines that must undergo the research ethics review process. We recognize that one form cannot ask questions that are appropriate for all research. For those questions that are not appropriate, please answer N/A.  Please note that it is the responsibility of the applicant (s) to ensure that all sections are completed. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant (s).

Contact Us

Professor Dr. Sarinah Low Abdullah
University of Malaya Research Ethics Committee-Non Clinical (UMREC)

Address: Medical Education & Research Development Unit (MERDU)
              Level 4
              Faculty of Medicine
              University of Malaya
              50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contact Person: Mr. Alexander Lourdes
Telephone No.  : 03-7967 4973 (Office) 
                         016-5494220 (Mobile No.)

Last Update: February 24, 2017