RSM Internal Review Boards


The RSM Internal Review Boards (RSM IRB) evaluate ethical aspects in research proposals of researchers, PhD candidates, and Research Master students. This includes both the collection of new data, as well as for instance collecting data from different existing sources and merging them. Proposals have to be approved before data collection takes place. This applies to all data collection, and thus the ‘comply or explain’ principle will be applicable. In the following cases, you have to submit an application for ethical review. For more information, guidelines and the appendices, please check the RSM Ethical Review Policy.

  1. Research involving human subjects (see appendix a.)
  2. Collecting and processing personal data (see appendix a.)
  3. Potential harm to the researcher, staff and participants
  4. Potential conflict of interest
  5. Research design using deception
  6. Covert form of field research
  7. Novel or unusual research methods or tools are used
  8. Use of the Erasmus Behavioural Lab and the ESE-Econlab
  9. When gatekeepers are involved in data collection
  10. When research is conducted outside of the European Union (see appendix b.)
  11. Ethical review requested by the funding body or the journal

Note that in certain cases, such as processing (sensitive) personal data, you might have to provide the relevant board with a privacy assessment and a data management plan. They need to be handed in no later than the date of your application for ethical review. Plan enough time for these processes. For the privacy assessment, contact Silvija Prancane and for the data management plan contact data@rsm.nl.

Upon completion, send these forms either irb-nonexp@rsm.nl or erimirb-e@rsm.nl.

RSM has two Internal review boards, one for experimental research (RSM IRB-E) and one for non-experimental research (RSM IRB-NE). Follow the links to learn more about the board and the procedure.