No. S 621
Human Biomedical Research Act 2015
(ACT 29 OF 2015)
Human Biomedical Research Regulations 2017
In exercise of the powers conferred by section 63 of the Human Biomedical Research Act 2015, the Minister for Health makes the following Regulations:
Citation and commencement
1.  These Regulations are the Human Biomedical Research Regulations 2017 and come into operation on 1 November 2017.
2.  In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires —
“healthcare professional” means —
(a)a medical practitioner;
(b)a dentist registered under the Dental Registration Act (Cap. 76);
(c)a registered nurse or an enrolled nurse or a registered midwife, within the meaning of the Nurses and Midwives Act (Cap. 209);
(d)a pharmacist registered under the Pharmacists Registration Act (Cap. 230);
(e)an allied health professional within the meaning of the Allied Health Professions Act (Cap. 6B); or
(f)a person registered under section 14 of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Act (Cap. 333A) for the carrying out of any practice of traditional Chinese medicine prescribed under that Act;
“immediate family relationship”, in relation to an individual, means the individual’s relationship with another individual who is his or her spouse, child, adopted child, stepchild, brother, sister, parent or step-parent;
“lay person”, in relation to a member, means an individual who is none of the following:
(a)an individual who is or was a healthcare professional;
(b)an individual who possesses or previously possessed a qualification or registration, in a country or territory outside Singapore, which is equivalent to or corresponds with any of the qualifications in paragraphs (a) to (f) of the definition of “healthcare professional”;
(c)an individual who is currently or was previously involved in the conduct of any research as an investigator;
“member” means an individual who is a member of an institutional review board;
“other relationship”, in relation to an individual, includes any relationship in the form of affiliation, participation, financial interest, or competition, in the research proposal under review, which may adversely affect the impartiality, objectivity and independence of the individual;
“relevant website” means the Internet website at;
“research” means human biomedical research;
“scientific person” means an individual who has such professional scientific or clinical qualification, knowledge or experience as to enable that individual to assist the institutional review board in understanding particular aspects of the research proposals under review by the board.
Made on 30 October 2017.
Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Health,
[MH 78:69; AG/LEGIS/SL/131C/2015/1 Vol. 2]