This instrument assists you in the reviewing procedure for medical/scientific research. This page is a static alternative to the interactive version.

Does my research have to undergo a medical ethical review?

First you must determine if your research falls under the scope of the WMO.


Research with human subjects must undergo a medical ethical review if it falls under the Medical Research Involving Human Subjects Act (WMO).

Research falls under the WMO if the following two criteria are met:

  1. it is medical/scientific research, and
  2. people are subjected to procedures or are required to follow rules of behaviour.
  • More information can be found under Non-WMO research

  • In practice there will always be unclear cases; the so-called grey area. When in doubt it is best you contact an accredited MREC.

  • My research falls under the WMO