Research Ethics Board

Research Ethics Board

About REB

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. Its oversight applies to faculty, personnel, and students doing research in UP Manila; non-UP Manila researchers doing research in UP Manila; and UP researchers doing research in non-UP Manila sites with no local ethics review committee (as mandated by the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board).

Prior to the establishment of the UPMREB, the different component panels already had existing standard operating procedures (SOPs), now superseded, which were used as the basis for the content of this current integrated manual. One important contribution of this integration is the opportunity to closely review the old SOPs towards a more practicable set of procedures guiding UPMREB work.

REB Head

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Jacinto Blas V. Mantaring III, MD, MSc

Dr. Jacinto Blas V. Mantaring III is a professor of Clinical Epidemiology and a clinical professor of Pediatrics. He completed his MD and Master of Science in Epidemiology (Clinical Epidemiology) degree in the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. He completed residency training in pediatrics from the Philippine General Hospital and post – residency fellowship training in Neonatal – Perinatal Medicine from the Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center, Hutzel hospital and Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He is the current chair of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology of the UP College of Medicine and a practicing Neonatologist and attending physician of the Philippine General Hospital. Aside from Clinical Epidemiology and Neonatology, he is also into health research ethics being the overall chair of the University of the Philippines Research Ethics Board, the DOH Single Joint Research Ethics Board and the chair of the Philippine Health Research Ethics Network.

Contact Us

Research Ethics Board
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Room 126, National Institutes of Health, UP Manila 623 Pedro Gil Street, Ermita, 1000 Manila
Telephone No: (+632) 8526-4346
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