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Human Research Ethics Requirements

Human research is conducted with or about people, or their data or tissue.

Southern Cross University staff and students conducting human research, must hold a current Ethical Clearance Number (ECN). The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has been established to consider and approve applications for ethical clearance.

Human Ethics Approval and Monitoring Processes

SCU HREC has established two main processes of ethical review:

  1. A review by the full HREC, involving all research with more than low levels of risk. Applications need to be submitted by the due dates of the meetings on either the National Ethics Application Form or using the new HREA Form Portal. Please note you will need to register as a user in both systems to access the forms.
  2. An expedited review, involving all negligible and low risk research projects. Applications can be submitted at any time by submitting an Expedited Application form . SCU HREC will also review minimisations of duplication under the expedited process, in cases where approval has already been obtained by another HREC. Please submit a Minimising Duplication of Ethical Review Form .

Researchers will also be required to comply with standard conditions of approval. This may mean one or more of the following forms will have to be submitted to SCU HREC:

  1. The Annual report form to be submitted annually, upon completion of a project or to request extension thereof.
  2. The Change of Protocol form to notify HREC of any changes to the project.
  3. The Adverse Events form to notify HREC of any adverse events / incidents in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) (NS) Chapters 3 and 5.
  4. If you have any questions, please always feel free to get in touch with the Ethics Office or the Chair of HREC.