The University Steering Committee was established in 2011, comprising of three committees : the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), the Institutional Animal Care and Use (IACUC) and the Ethics Committee for Research Involving Human Subjects (JKEUPM).
i) The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is responsible for reviewing and approving the biological safety of all UPM basic and clinical research activities which involve recombinant DNA, gene transfers (including transfers to humans, microorganisms, virus and biological toxins). The committee's main focus is currently on GMO/LMO (genetically/living modified organisms).
ii) The primary responsibility of the Institutional Animal Care and Use (IACUC) is to ensure, on behalf of UPM, that the care and use of animals for scientific purposes are humane and ethical, (and in compliance with the Guide). The IACUC also ensures that the use of animals for research in justified, and incorporates the principles of Replacement, Reduction and Refinement.
iii) UPM's Ethics Committee for Research Involving Human Subjects (Jawatankuasa Etika Universiti Penyelidikan Melibatkan Manusia, or JKEUPM) started as The Medical Research Ethics Committee. JKEUPM's specific role is to protect research participants, and to ensure that researchers observe the basic principles in the use of human subjects. JKEUPM's stance and decisions are based on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Helsinki (2008).
The Research Management Centre (RMC), as the secretariat, oversees the management and the general running of these three committee.