Announcements 28 May 2019 - Research regulated under Human Biomedical Research Act (HBRA)
Is your research regulated under the HBRA? Does the consent obtained meet the HBRA requirements?
Please click on the following links to download the guidance and checklists.
- Guidance on the Requirement of Appropriate Consent for the Conduct of HBR and Handling of Human Tissue
(MOH, 17 May 2019)
- Human Biomedical Research Study Determination Checklist
- Appropriate Consent Checklist
- Core and Situational Elements Consent Checklist
22 November 2018 - CIRB Updates
(a) Human Biomedical Research (Exemption) Regulations 2018
The regulation has come into operation on 1 November 2018. For the guidance on the consent requirements for existing HBR, click here (removed).
(b) Revised Participant Information Sheet and Informed Consent Form Template v11
An updated version of the template is available. Please refer to the “Templates” section below. For the summary of changes, click here
13 February 2018 – Conversion of Paper Studies to iSHaRe studies
Previously approved hardcopy studies with expiry date from 1 Aug 2018 to 31 Jul 2019 would need to be converted in iSHaRe. This allows for the streamlining of submission and review processes and also allows Institutions, investigators and research administrators to access and monitor all the approved studies more effectively.
For more information on the conversion exercise, click here.
For a list of frequently asked questions, click here.
The SingHealth Centralised Institutional Review Board (CIRB) is the central ethics review board within SingHealth to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in biomedical and behavioural research activities being conducted under its authority. It is responsible for approving, monitoring and reviewing biomedical and behavioural research involving humans. .
CIRB Application Process
In general, there are two types of reviews. The review type is based on the level of risk in which research participants are exposed to:
Research studies that involve more than minimal risk are reviewed under the Full Board Review.
Research studies that involve minimal or less than minimal risks are reviewed under the Exemption or Expedited review.
Minimal risk is where the probability and magnitude of harm or discomfort anticipated in the research are not greater than those ordinarily encountered in daily life, or during the performance of routine physical or physiological examinations or tests. The determination of the type of review is made by CIRB.
click here to view the Submission Workflow.
Full Board Review (New Applications/ Amendments/ Renewals/ Re-table studies)
The CIRB review board meets once a month. The submission deadline for Full Board Reviews (studies with more than minimal risk and major amendments) is the first working day of each month.*
For new applications, the Principal Investigator should submit with sufficient lead time for the Research Development Office check (if applicable), Department Representative and Institutional Representative to endorse prior to the first working day of the month. Submissions received by CIRB after the first working day may be tabled for the subsequent full board meeting.
For example, applications to be reviewed at the meeting in July 2015 must reach CIRB by 01 July 2015.
For CIRB's Full Board Review meeting schedule, please click here.
* With the exception of the month of December when there is no full board meeting.
Exemption and Expedited Review
Study applications or amendments (that involve minimal or less than minimal risks) may be submitted at any time.
All new applications under these categories accepted by the CIRB will be reviewed within 30 calendar days from the date of receipt. #
Exemption may be determined only by the CIRB. Determination of exemptions are not to be made by the investigator. Exemption waives the need for continuing review by the CIRB. However, changes to the study which may alter its exempt status must be resubmitted to the SingHealth CIRB for review. No human biomedical research may be initiated until formal written concurrence of exemption from the SingHealth CIRB has been obtained.
# This could vary depending on several factors such as the completeness, and quality of the application, complexity of the study and response time of the Investigator to CIRB's queries.
The minimum training requirement for SingHealth study team members is completing the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Certificate. The required programme is Biomedical Research Investigators and Key Personnel. You could access the CITI programme from this link:
The minimum training for Principal Investigators and Site-Principal Investigators conducting clinical trials within SingHealth includes completing the Local Good Clinical Practice programme (local GCP) workshop (in addition to the current requirement for
CITI) when making a submission to the CIRB. For clinical trials that require a Clinical Trial Certificate from HSA, CIRB will not grant ethics approval for clinical trials applications until a receipt of proof for the Principal Investigator completion of the local GCP course is provided.
Submission to CIRB
Submissions of approved IRB application (before 15 September 2014) for continuing review or reporting to CIRB is to be submitted via hardcopy.
The e-CIRB is a web-based submission system in iSHaRe for researchers to submit their research protocols for ethics approval. With the launch of the system on 15 September 2014, all new IRB applications with effective from this day onwards, is to be submitted online via the system. Please click here for the
FAQ: iSHaRe e-CIRB.
For studies initiated by industry or commercial entities, the following review fee would be charged:
- Initial application involving Single Cluster institution(s) - S$1,750*
- Initial application involving Cross Cluster institution(s) - S$2,750*
- Subsequent amendments - $200
- Subsequent site addition from Cross Cluster institutions - S$1,000
Please note that all charges stated above are subjected to prevailing GST.
Payment must be by cheque made payable to “Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd”. The completed application form, the cheque and a cover sheet (stating the full protocol title, PI’s name, department and designation, and the sponsor’s name and address for receipt) must be submitted to the relevant CIRB.
*With effect from 1 April 2018, the review fee for initial application will be adjusted. [Announcement]
For enquiries, please contact SingHealth-CIRB at
email@example.com or call 6323 7515.
CIRB Forms and Templates
e-CIRB Application Form/ Exemption Application Form (For Reference Only)
Restricted Human Biomedical Research Form
CIRB Study Status Report Form
CIRB Protocol Deviation/ Non-Compliance Report Form
CIRB Local Serious Adverse Event (SAE) Reporting Form
Reporting Requirement and Timeline for SAE-AE
Changes to Study Team Members Form
Principal Investigator’s Declaration Form
Department Representative’s Endorsement Form
Institution Representative’s Endorsement Form
Updated 29 August 2018.
Certification of Translation
Protocol (Clinical Trial)
Protocol (Research Study)
Participant Information Sheet & Consent Form
Participant Information Sheet & Consent Form
(Videography & Photography)
Child/ Participant Assent Form
Waiver of CITI Certification Form
Human Biomedical Research Study Determination Checklist
Appropriate Consent Checklist
Core and Situational Elements Consent Checklist
Updated 29 May 2019
Advertisements for Recruitment of Research Participants
Data Security Guidelines for Personally Identifiable and
Other Confidential Data in Research – Electronic Data
Use of Thumb-print on Informed Consent Form
Waiver of Consent for Research Regulated by HBRA
Updated 17 August 2018
e-CIRB User Guidebook: New Application
e-CIRB User Guidebook: Department and Institution
e-CIRB Quick Reference Guide: Study Renewal Report Form
e-CIRB Quick Reference Guide: CIRB Comment
Glossary of Lay Terms for Use in Consent Documents
Updated December 2016
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ: Mutual Recognition of Research Ethics Review
FAQ: Conversion of Paper Studies into iSHaRe Studies
Updated 17 August 2018