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About Us
The AIC IRB is set up to review the ethical aspects of research protocols submitted by researchers in the Intermediate-and Long-Term Care and Social Care Service Sectors. The primary objective of the AIC IRB is to safeguard the rights, safety and well-being of human research participants in these institutions.

We are an IRB of last resort. Principal Investigators from organisations with access to any other IRBs are asked to approach those boards instead.

Depending on the complexity of the proposed study, the review process* may take three to four months to complete. In light of the Covid-19 situation, please adjust your consent taking and data collection methodology accordingly.
*Do note that the IRB review process will only start when the submitted documents have been assessed to be complete and in good order.
Applicants are reminded NOT to commence the study until an IRB approval has been awarded.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.  The AIC IRB only accepts applications from the community care and social service sectors.
Principal Investigators should use the document templates available for download below:

Principal Investigators are expected to follow the submissions guidelines strictly in the IRB Application form.

Softcopies of completed applications and requisite supporting documents should be submitted by email to For ease of reference, please use the email subject heading "AIC IRB Application - [Institution Initials]: [Simplified Study Title]' (e.g. "AIC IRB Application - SNH: Effect of XX").

Document Format
IRB Application Form
Word AND PDF (signed and scanned in full colour)
Qualifications of PI and Co-I(s)
  • CITI certificates of PI and Co-I(s)
    Please ensure that the CITI certificates are still valid and not expired.
  • CVs of PI and Co-I(s)
    Please ensure that the CV does not include sensitive information like identification number and home address.

Other Supporting Documents


  • Checklist for Proposed Activity.
  • Checklist for Institution Suitability.

If Applicable:

  • Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form*
  • Questionaires/Survey Forms/Interview Guides*
  • Recruitment Materials* (e.g) Invitation Letters/ Emails/Phone Scripts * Advertisements
  • Voucher/Reimbursement Acknowledgement Form* for participants of study
  • List of variables to be extracted from medical records database
  • Copy of Grant Award Letter

*Please submit these documents in additional languages, e.g. Mandarin, Malay and Tamil (if applicable). Do note that PIs are responsible for the accuracy of the translations.


Detailed instructions can be found on the Application Form.

[This section is strictly for submissions approved by the AIC IRB]

Principal Investigators seeking to extend their IRB approval must submit a Study Status Report at least two months before the IRB approval period ends.

Principal Investigators should use the document templates available for download below:

5 – Study Status Report Form
6 – Study Amendment Form
7 – Unanticipated Problems Involving Risks to Subjects or Others (UPIRTSO) Report Form
8 – Non-Compliance Report Form

For queries, do refer to the Frequency Asked Questions prior contacting the AIC IRB Secretariat at, 6593 3858