Does my study fall within the scope of the WMO?

First need to determine whether your study falls within the scope of the Medical Research Involving Human Subjects Act [Wet medisch-wetenschappelijk onderzoek met mensen] (WMO).

You can read how to do this on the Your research: Is it subject to the WMO or not? page.

If your research is subject to the WMO, a review needs to be carried out beforehand by an accredited medical research ethics committee (MREC) or the Central Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (CCMO).

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My research is not covered by the WMO

You can find more information under Non-WMO research.

I am not sure

In practice there will always be dubious cases, otherwise known as grey areas. If in any doubt, the best thing is to submit your question to an accredited MREC. In your request please clearly state the research question, the study population, the goal and the design of the research. If available please also submit a (summary of a) research proposal.