Conducting research ethically means making ethical considerations throughout the project, not just during the ethics approval process.
It may be necessary to seek further approval from the Ethics Committee in some circumstances.
This section includes information on:
All applications are approved with standard conditions of approval. Some projects may also have further specific conditions of approval. For more information download the HREC Conditions of approval.
For managing an approved animal ethics application, please see the Managing your approved animal research ethics application web page.
All research projects are approved subject to compliance with monitoring procedures. Monitoring is the process of verifying that the conduct of research conforms to the approved ethics application.
Institutions are responsible for ensuring that research is reliably monitored and establishing that a research project is being, or has been, conducted in the manner approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee.
Monitoring involves completion of an annual progress report (if your project is longer than one year) and completion of a final report at the end of your project. You will be notified when a report is due and will need to complete a report in one of two ways.
The Human Research Ethics Committees also reserve the right to adopt any additional appropriate mechanism for monitoring approved research projects.
All research projects are approved for a specified period of time – from the date of approval until the date of completion provided in the ethics application.
Ethics approval covers both the collection and use/analysis of data, information and/or samples. Researchers should ensure that the period of time requested for ethics approval is sufficient.
If an extension of the approval period is required, a request must be submitted to the Human Research Ethics Committee – before the original approval expires. To request an extension of ethics approval, please review the following:
The Ethics Committee understands that research designs do change, particularly for long-term projects. Amendments to the research design that may affect participants and/or that may have ethical implications, must be reviewed and approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee before commencement.
Any changes to documents and other material used in recruiting potential research participants, including advertisements, letters of invitation, questionnaires, information sheets and consent forms, should also be approved by the HREC.
To request approval for a change, please review the following:
Researchers are required by the conditions of your ethics approval to immediately report to the Human Research Ethics Committee anything that might warrant review of ethical approval of the research project, including:
Delays in reporting an adverse incident may result further impacts, such as:
Where there are long delays in reporting of adverse incidents, ECU (or the research participant) may have reduced or limited capacity to make a claim against an insurance policy, or cover may not be available. If cover is not available due to a delay in reporting, it may result in the research budget being called upon to cover any costs associated with the adverse event.
To report an adverse or unforeseen event, please:
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