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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-NM (student and staff):

a. The UMREC-NM forms can be downloaded directly from this website: 

  •  Application form
  •  Participant information sheet
  •  Consent form
  •  Questionnaire/ interview guide

b. All the application forms should be computer typed. Handwritten forms will be totally rejected

c. Applicants are required to submit a copy of PDF of their application to UMREC email at umrec@um.edu.my. Therefore, 

  • The application form must be signed by supervisors (for student application) and head of department/ dean of the faculty
  • Please scan and save the completed form, i) Application form, ii) Participant Information Sheet, iii) Consent form, and iv) Questionnaire/ interview guide)  in  ONE PDF file with name:  "UMREC_Application_(your name)" e.g. UMREC_Application_Ali

d. Please make sure that your submission is complete prior to the checklist.  The UMREC-NM will strictly reject and will not entertain any incomplete submissions.

e.  Closing dates  for application submission as follows : 




4 January 2021


2 February 2021


1 March 2021


1 April 2021


4 May 2021


1 June 2021


1 July 2021


3 August 2021


1 September 2021


1 October 2021


2 November 2021


1 December 2021

UMREC will take about 30 days to process your application after the submission deadline. However, the processing time might take up to 60 days depending on the research complexity. Please keep in mind that required amendments will require additional processing time. Applicants are advised to submit their ethics clearance application as EARLY as possible prior to their data collection.


Contact Us

Prof Dr. Sarinah Low Wah Yun 
University of Malaya Research Ethics Committee-Non Clinical (UMREC)

For enquiries on research ethics, please email to:            

Madam Aufzalina Mohd Yusof
Tel: +603-7967 7022 (ext. 2369)
Email: umrec@um.edu.my

Last Update: 11/10/2021