Submission Cut-off for December 2020

Please be advised of the following cut-off dates for all 2020 submissions to all UPMREB Review Panels, in view of the forthcoming Christmas break:
 8 December 2020 for the last day of screening applications
 9 December 2020 for the last day of receiving submissions

CCDP 2020-120: UPMREB Guideline on Reporting SAE

Please be informed of the updated Guideline on Reporting Serious Adverse Events of the UP Manila Research Ethics Board (UPMREB) approved on 03 July 2020, GL 02 Version 2.0. This document is downloadable at this website:

UPMREB Memo on Signed Application Forms

Please be advised that UPMREB is reinstating the requirement of signed endorsements of the UPMREB Form 2B: Registration and Application Form, starting 10 August 2020. See attached memo for reference.

Submission Process

To apply for ethical review, please register for an account and submit through

For subsequent submissions (e.g. resubmission, amendment, continuing review, final report, deviation, query/notification, etc), please email your submission with the necessary documents to using the following subject heading: "Type of submission_PI Last Name_UPMREB Code".

Local Guidance on COVID-19 research

FDA and PHREB has released some guidance for COVID-19 protocols.

1. PHREB Resolution No. 2020-001 on COVID-19 Research proposals
2. FDA Circular No. 2020-013 on Guidelines for monitoring drug-products used for the treatment of COVID-19

Announcement of Normal Operations

The UP Manila Research Ethics Board (UPMREB) reiterates its previous announcement of normal operations during the enhanced community quarantine. The UPMREB physical office is closed but the review panels will continue to accept and process submissions, queries, and other requests through iREB and email. The requirement for hard copy submissions is suspended until such time that the UPMREB office reopens, after quarantine has been lifted. All reviews are facilitated online, and panel actions are communicated to investigators through electronic mail. Standard review turnaround time remains.

UPMREB Memo on Electronic Submission Processing in light of COVID-19 situation

UPMREB will be adopting work from home arrangement in light of the covid-19 situation, detailed as follows:
1. Processing of submissions via iREB and electronic mail
a. Once verified complete, study protocol application will be coded and assigned into a panel
b. Staff will acknowledge receipt of study protocol through e-mail
c. Received submissions will be forwarded to the reviewers electronically

2. Facilitation of reviews via iREB and electronic mail

Resumption of processing UPMREB Submissions for 2020

Please be advised that the screening of electronic submissions will resume on 03 January 2020. Meanwhile, the submission of hard copies will resume on 08 January 2020 (Wednesday) to allow ample time for staff to screen and process all electronic submissions and respond to queries and e-mails that might have accumulated during the break.

For information and guidance of all concerned.

About Us

The University of the Philippines Manila Research Ethics Board (UPMREB) was created on September 27, 2010 to integrate all existing ethics committees in UP Manila under a single research ethics board with component review panels, and guided by a unified set of standard operating procedures (SOPs). This initiative was intended to streamline and harmonize the process of ethics review, maximize the utilization of human and institutional resources, and provide a supportive and enabling environment for research in the university.

UPMREB SOP Version 2019

The UPMREB SOP updated its SOPs and Forms and is now available on this website. The revised forms used for submission has an updated version date. We will issue an announcement when the updated forms will be used.

Thank you for your continuing compliance with UPMREB.


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