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NUS-IRB's revised IRB forms and guidelines for "Social, Behavioural and Educational Research (SBER)"

The NUS-IRB has been updating its policies and forms in view of the Human Biomedical Research Act (HBRA), which regulates human biomedical research (HBR), and is currently being implemented in phases. Hence in 2017, the IRB’s review of new applications will be dichotomised into (a) HBR; and (b) all other research studies not covered by the HBRA (otherwise referred to as Social, Behavioural and Educational Research (SBER)).

Do note the two main changes to SBER guidelines:

    (i) The Exemption review category has been expanded for greater inclusivity.
    (ii) Supporting documents (e.g. participant information sheet) will no longer be reviewed by the NUS-IRB if your application qualifies for Exemption.

Please refer to our News Alerts, an overview of the NUS-IRB's guidelines and the specific guidelines for more details:


Minor Revision to SBER Guidelines for IRB Exemption Form and NUS-IRB Review Timelines for New Applications and Protocol Amendments

In our continuous efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of research participants, researchers will be now required to submit data collection instruments (e.g. questionnaires, interview and discussion guides) for SBER Exemption applications, if these will be used in their studies. This will take effect from 1 Sep 2017.

To help researchers factor in adequate lead time during their IRB submissions, a more detailed estimated turnaround time (TAT) is now available on the IRB’s website. Please note this serves as a general guide only.

Please refer to News Alert 22 for more details.




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