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​Humans

Scientific Research that fall under the scope of the WMO and/or the Embryo Act (Embryowet) must first be submitted to an accredited medical research ethics committee or the Central Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (CCMO), which reviews research protocols in accordance with the WMO. Research is allowed to start only after the approval by an independent committee of experts.

The Medical Ethical Committee (METc) of the UMCG is the reviewing committee for UMCG researchers. If the research has been reviewed by another committee (e.g. in case of multi-centre studies), the Board of Directors of the UMCG needs to approve the study before it can start. Before the approval, the METc office performs an administrative oversight to evaluate local feasibility.

The Central ethics Review Committee (Centrale ethische Toetsingscommissie, CTc) evaluates scientific research that is outside the scope of the WMO and fits within the scope of the nWMO Kaderreglement UMCG (UMCG only). Currently, a pilot is being performed with selected departments of the UMCG. An online submission tool​ (UMCG only) is developed for the pilot.
If you work at  one of the pilot departments, you need to submit your research to the CTc or a Local Review Committee (Lokale Toetsingscommissie, LTc).

The nWMO Kaderr​eglement UMCG​ is expected to become effective from 01-01-2019 for all departments of the UMCG. The Service Desk CRO can provide support with submissions if required; an offer can be requested via the helpdesk.

Animals

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews  all animal experiments as stipulated in the Law on Animal Experiments [PDF]. At the University of Groningen, animal experiments are carried out for purposes of research and education when there are no viable alternatives.
In the UMCG animal research is performed in the animal research facilities​