Ethics Review Committees

All research involving human participants or personal data conducted in FHML/ Maastricht UMC+ should be submitted for ethics review.
This also counts for research involving animal experiments. For more information on research ethics you can consult the research code of Maastricht UMC+.

Medical Ethics Review Committee (METC)
Ethical review is obligatory by law for all research that is subject to the WMO. The METC acts as an accredited independent Ethics Committee for review and approval of all scientific research with human participants subject to the WMO. Prior to the start of each WMO complicit research project performed at Maastricht UMC+, the Executive Board of Maastricht UMC+ requires the METC to review and approve the project.
For more information on the involvement and tasks of the METC during the preparation, execution and closure of scientific research with human participants, please consult the website of the METC.

Non-WMO research
For non-WMO research with patients from the academic hospital, it is obliged by the Executive Board of Maastricht UMC+ to submit your research plan to the METC for judgement. Researchers undertaking work with human participants that falls outside the scope of the WMO and does not include patients from the academic hospital, are able to submit their research proposal to the ‘FHML-REC’ - the FHML Research Ethics Committee for ethics review.
For questions concerning non-WMO research, the METC or FHML-REC can be contacted.

Animal Ethics Committee
Maastricht UMC+ and UM are aware of the ethical objections regarding experimentation on animals and only conducts animal experiments when the scientific necessity for this research has been established by an independent animal experiments committee (Dier Experiment Commissie, DEC, in Dutch). Respectful treatment of animals, reduction of the number of animals used and refinement of the applied methods to minimize animal suffering (collectively known as the 3Rs – replacement, reduction and refinement) serve as points of departure in all the research.
For more information on the involvement and tasks of the DEC please consult the website of the DEC

Applications to the FHML-REC

Applications to the FHML-REC should be made using the following forms (which contain details of how to submit the forms):

Return the completed forms to fhml-rec[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl
Any question should be addressed to fhml-rec[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl

FHML-REC meets once a month, with two alternating panels. Once submitted, an application is reviewed by the next available panel.

FHML-REC meeting  Deadline for submitting  application (18.00)
05 February 2021 26 January 2021
05 March 2021 23 February 2021
26 March 2021 16 March 2021
09 April 2021 30 March 2021
06 May 2021 26 April 2021
04 June 2021 25 May 2021
02 July 2021 22 June 2021

There will be no FHML-REC meeting scheduled in August

06 September 2021 27 August 2021
05 October 2021 25 September 2021
01 November 2021 22 October 2021
07 December 2021 27 November 2021