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-NM:
For staffs:
1) Staff of University of Malaya apply directly through UM Portal:
          a. Log in to UM Portal
          b. Click on the "Research" tab 
          c. Click on "Research Ethics Application (Non Medical)" tab
            d. Click on "New Application" tab
2) Please make sure to upload the necessary attachments with your application:
            a. Participants information sheet
            b. Consent form
            c. Questionnaire/ Interview guide
            d. Brief research proposal to complement the application (Optional)

For students:
1) Student apply manually by submitting the forms directly to the UMREC-NM office.
2) The UMREC-NM forms can be downloaded directly from this website and submitted 2 sets (1 set of original documents and 1 set of photocopy of the documents).
3) Please print/photocopy all the documents using 2 sides of the A4 papers (duplex printing).
4) Please make sure that your submission is complete following this checklist:
          a. Application form
          b. Participant information sheet
          c. Consent form
          d. Questionnaire/ interview guide
          e. Brief research proposal 
Important: 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.
Amendment for ethics application:
1) For amendment to research project, kindly use the "Amendment Form" (printed hardcopy) and submitted directly to the UMREC-NM office.
2) Please address/ rectify to all the comments inquired by the UMREC-NM panel. Failure to do so will make your application for amendment to be rejected.
3) Please print all the forms and necessary documents using 2 sides of the A4 papers (duplex printing).

  • Medical records/ clinical data
  • Clinical trials

please proceed to the Medical Research Ethics Committee (MREC), University of Malaya Medical Centre for ethics application.

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: January 29, 2018