This instrument assists you in the reviewing procedure for medical/scientific research. If the equipment you use for visiting this site does not allow you to use this tool please visit the static version of this tool.

Does my research have to undergo a medical ethical review?

First you must determine if your research falls under the scope of the WMO. The window on the side with the title 'WMO' explains what this means.


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.
  • My research falls under the WMO

  • 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.