The Research Implementation and Development Office (RIDO), the research arm of the Dean of the UP College of Medicine is comprised of the Technical Review Board (60 members) led by the RIDO chief, Dr. Ruzanne M. Caro.

RIDO has been instrumental in trendsetting and enhancement of research in the UPCM since 1979, up to the present. Its long history of involvement in research truly proves its significant role in the development and implementation of research here at the College of Medicine.

The main function of RIDO is to review researches (technical aspect) submitted by UPCM faculty and students. RIDO also caters to non-UP CM researchers with a processing fee. Technical review is a requirement for ethics review and approval.

Another function of RIDO is to spearhead the faculty and students research fora, each held annually. These fora are avenues of which faculty and students researches are presented.

We aim to bring research to the next level with the involvement of the faculty, staff and the students with the administrators of the UP Manila.


Organized and structured research in UP Manila started with the creation of the Committee on Research Ethics and Development (CRED) in 1979, headed by Dr. Lourdes J. Cruz. The CRED was initially created to manage a specific research fund with a grant from the China Medical Board (CMB). In 1984, during the term of Dean Alberto G. Romualdez, the CRED was reorganized and became known as the Committee on Research Implementation and Development (CRID). The technical and ethics review boards were created in accordance with guidelines set by the World Health Organization.

In July 2002, the CRID was registered and accredited by the Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), with an accreditation number IRB 00002648 (CRID) U Philippines Coll Med IRB # 1. This allows research with US federal funding to be evaluated and eventually be conducted in the UP College of Medicine (UPCM), the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), and the Department of Medical Microbiology (DMM) and the Department of Parasitology (DP) at the UP College of Public Health (UPCPH).

In July 2003, the CRID was upgraded from a committee to an office of the UPCM, thereby changing its name to the Research Implementation and Development Office (RIDO). The technical review function and the ethics review function of RIDO were separated and became the Technical Review Board and the Ethics Review Board of RIDO, respectively.

In 2006, the Ethics Review Board of RIDO and the NIH Ethics Review Board underwent

A survey and eventually recognition by the Forum for Ethics Review Committees in Asia and the Pacific (FERCAP). The survey allowed the RIDO to review its standard operating procedures and practices, and to implement the necessary changes in compliance with good clinical practice and other guidelines on the conduct of health research. Recognition was formally awarded by the FERCAP in 2007. In December 2007, the RIDO ERB was given Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Phil. ERC Registry No. 07-035. This entitled RIDO ERB to be included in the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) List of Resources for Ethics Review for Clinical Drug Trials in the Philippines.

In 2010, the ethics review functions of RIDO were transferred to the UPM Research Ethics Review Board (UPM REB) integrating all existing ethics committees in UP Manila under a single research ethics board.


  • NIH- National Institutes of Health
  • PGH- Philippine General Hospital
  • RGAO-Research Grant Administrative Office

(Excerpt from the Minutes of the 1223rd Meeting of the Board of Regents held on 22 August 2007)

  • Technical Review Board
  • Flowchart
  • UPCM RIDO TRB Review Instructions


Click here to download the Registration of Research Form

Click here to download the Technical Review Form

Click here to download the Principal Investigator’s Response to Technical Review Form

Click here to download the Progress Report Form

Click here to download the Final Report Form

PM203, Paz Mendoza Memorial Bldg, College of Medicine
547 Pedro Gil Street, Ermita, Manila
Mobile Phone No: 0906 4293995
Email: rido.upcm@gmail.com

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