Ethics Committee

Scientists require the vote of an ethics committee to conduct medical research projects or studies involving human subjects in other disciplines.

Medical research projects must be advised or approved in accordance with various legal requirements. This task is performed by the medical specialist group of the ethics committee, established over 40 years ago. It acts on the basis of the Declaration of Helsinki of the World Medical Association and other regulations as well as applicable law. It takes into account scientific standards and relevant national and international recommendations. In accordance with the legal requirements, the medical specialist group of the ethics committee is composed of physicians, pharmacology specialists, persons with experience in the field of experimental design and statistics as well as computer science, persons with experience in the field of ethics, laypersons and lawyers qualified to hold judicial office.

In 2023, TUM was the first university in Germany to additionally establish a non-medical specialist group of the ethics committee due to an increasing number of requests from the non-medical area. The non-medical expert group reviews research projects primarily with regard to methodology and possible impacts on humans, animals and the environment. It is composed of experienced scientists from all schools of TUM in order to adequately assess the various research projects.

Submit request online

Submit your request for assessment through the ethics committee’s online portal. The submission will then be assigned to the relevant specialist group. Important questions: medical and non-medical projects.

Submit request: Ethik-Pool


Upcoming meetings and key principles

Current meeting dates of the ethics committee, important information on how to submit requests for various types of studies, especially from the medical area, as well as links to legal and ethical principles are provided by the office of the ethics committee.

Ethics committee homepage

Medical specialist group

The medical ethics committee is responsible for medical research projects submitted by scientists from TUM and the university hospital, including e.g. proposals in accordance with the German Arzneimittelgesetzt (AMG) or if an assessment by physicians is required by law.


Prof. em. Dr.
Kurt Ulm
Former Head of Biometry at the Institute for Medical Statistics and Epidemiology
Klinikum rechts der Isar


Prof. em. Dr.
Christian Peschel
Former Head of the Department of Internal Medicine III
Klinikum rechts der Isar

Submission FAQ: Medicine

Details on how to submit different types of medical research proposals, such as studies under the Arzneimittelgesetz (AMG) / Clinical Trial Regulation (CTR), or also Medical Device Regulation (MDR), and In-vitro Diagnostics Regulation (IVDR).

Submission information: Medicine (in German)

Non-medical specialist group

An ethics vote is also required for non-medical research activities, surveys and studies involving subjects. The submission portal provides clear guidance on the classification of the request (medical vs. non-medical).


Prof. Dr.
Klaus Bengler
TUM School of Engineering and Design

Contact: Office

Permanent deputy

Prof. Dr.
Alwine Mohnen
Corporate Management
TUM School of Management

All members by schools

Computation, Information and Technology

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Ott
Connected Mobility

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. Klaus Diepold
Data Processing
Deputy member

Engineering and Design

Prof. Dr. Klaus Bengler

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Bogenberger
Traffic Engineering and Control
Deputy member

Natural Sciences

Prof. em. Dr. Wolfgang Domcke
Theoretical Chemistry

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Simmel
Physics of Synthetic Biological Systems
Deputy member

Life Sciences

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Poppenberger
Biotechnology of Horticultural Crops

Prof. Dr. Heinz Bernhardt
Agricultural Systems Engineering
Deputy member

Medicine and Health

Prof. Dr. Orkan Okan
Health Literacy

Dr. Fabian Stöcker
Prevention Center
Deputy member


Prof. Dr. Alwine Mohnen
Corporate Management

Prof. em. Dr. Robert K. Frhr. von Weizsäcker
Economics, Finance and Industrial Economics
Deputy member

Social Sciences and Technology

Prof. Dr. Janina Steinert
Global Health

Dr. Jennifer Diedrich
Center for International Student Assessment
Deputy member

Prof. Dr. Jörg Niewöhner
Anthropology of Science and Technology
Deputy member

Submission FAQ: Non-medical projects


Office of the TUM Ethics Committee
TUM School of Medicine and Health
Ismaninger Straße 22
81675 Munich (Germany)
Tel. +49 89 4140 7737

All contact persons

Statutes and regulations

Please note that the information provided on this page regarding submissions to the ethics committee is for general information purposes only. Only the respective statutes and regulations in their currently valid versions are legally binding.

Regulations of the non-medical specialist group (PDF 460 KB)

Submission information: Medicine (in German)