NTU's policy on Research Involving Human Subjects is applicable to all NTU staff and students directly or indirectly engaged in the design, conduct, supervision and reporting of research involving humans. It aims to achieve the highest ethical standards in all research activity involving human subjects, and to ensure that they are adequately protected according to the core principles of rights, welfare, safety, privacy and confidentiality of human research subjects.
This policy covers research in both the Social, Behavioural and Educational Research (SBER) and Human Biomedical Research (HBR).
Researchers in NTU are also to ensure that your research activity is compliant with applicable legislation in Singapore, including but not limited to:
- the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) - Personal information and human biological
material collected for research should be kept confidential and stored in a
secure environment with restricted access. Individually-identifiable
information should not be shared with any third party without getting
appropriate consent from the human subject.
- the Human Biomedical Research Act (HBRA) - Studies within the scope of HBRA needs to ensure that your research activity are compliant with the additional safeguards required relating to the informed consent procedures, confidentiality of subjects, and the handling of human biological materials.
Overview of IRB Procedures
The table below shows an overview of the procedures under NTU's policy framework on research involving human subjects.
Overview on Application Process
Applications of IRB approval must be submitted via NORA, and obtain endorsement by your AcR (or equivalent). IRB Admin will perform a preliminary check for completeness before being sent for review by an IRB Member.
Overview on Review Categories