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Overview

The conduct of research activities involving human or animal participants is governed by ethics guidelines contained in legislation and policies.

The Research Ethics Office assists staff and students to ensure that their research complies with guidelines and legislation, protects research participants and animals and encourages research that is, or will be, of benefit to the community.

Understanding ethics requirements

All research projects need to meet research ethics requirements. 

Common questions include:

  • What is research ethics?
  • Do I need to submit an ethics application?
  • What is an ethics declaration?
  • When do I apply for ethics approval?

This section will help you understand the ethics requirements for researchers.

STREAM

STREAM is ECU's online research ethics system.  It allows you to submit an application, track and review progress and monitor reporting deadlines.

Using STREAM, you can submit:

  • an animal ethics application; or
  • a human ethics application; or
  • an ethics declaration

A Getting Started Guide for new researchers is also available.

Human ethics applications

If you need to submit an application for human ethics approval, this section will provide information on:

  • Policy, guidelines and legislation
  • Applying for ethics approval
  • Managing your ethics approval
  • Resources

Animal ethics applications

If you need to submit an application for animal research or a teaching activity involving animals, this section will provide information on:

  • Policy, guidelines and legislation
  • Applying for ethics approval
  • Managing your ethics approval
  • Resources
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