The Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Research Ethics Committee (UTM REC) conducts an ethics review prior to the beginning of any research involving human and animals’ participants.
The UTM REC 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.
The committee is an independent body comprising medical/scientific professionals and non-medical/non-scientific members that reviews, approves, and provides a continuing review of human research/trial protocols and amendments, and of the methods and materials to be used in obtaining and documenting consent of the human research subjects


To ensure quality and consistency in the review of research protocols

To ensure that the research is conducted in a way that serves the interests of individuals or society as a whole

To ensure that the research is followed the international ethical guidelines for clinical, non-clinical and animal research

Advisory Member

Meeting & Approval

The meetings will be held once a month and the approval emails will be sent to applicants via official email ethics@utm.my.

However, the processing time might take up to 60 days depending on the research complexity. Please keep in mind that required amendments will require additional processing time. 

Applicants are advised to submit their ethics clearance application as EARLY as possible prior to their data collection.

*The date is subject to change by UTM REC

Procedure of Application & Guidelines

More information is available in the following documents:

  1. Procedure of Application – UTMREC
  2. Guideline of Clinical Research Ethics – UTMREC
  3. Guideline of Non-Clinical Research Ethics – UTMREC
  4. Guideline of Animals Research Ethics – UTMREC

Contact Us

UTM Research Ethics Committee
Office of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia,
81310, Johor Bahru Johor.
Email: ethics@utm.my
Website: https://research.utm.my/office/ethics

Application Form

The application forms can be downloaded directly from this website:

  1. Application form for Clinical Research Ethics – UTMREC
  2. Application form for Non-Clinical Research Ethics – UTMREC
  3. Application form for Animals Research Ethics – UTMREC

All the application forms should be computer typed. Handwritten forms will be rejected.

Application Fee: RM 150 (non-refundable)

Payment direct to account:

Bendahari UTM
CIMB Bank Berhad
Account No: 8006053536
Reference: Ethics Application

Applicants are required to submit (upload) a copy of PDF of their application form via the google form on the website.