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Human Research Ethics Committee (HRECs) play an essential role in the Australian system of ethical oversight of research involving humans. The RANZCO HREC is an established Committee of the College that is composed and functions in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (Updated 2018) and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018.
As specified in the National Statement, the primary role of the HREC is to protect the welfare and rights of participants in research and review research proposals involving human participants to ensure that they are ethically acceptable and in accordance with relevant standards and guidelines.
For further information regarding the RANZCO HREC and their role and responsibilities, please refer to the HREC Terms of Reference HREC Terms of Reference (PDF 141KB).
Researchers are required to pay an application fee. Full payment is required before an application can be forwarded to the HREC for review.
RANZCO HREC SUBMISSION FLOWCHART (PDF 415.2KB)
The RANZCO HREC recommends all researchers who intend on submitting an application first review the RANZCO HREC submissions flowchart prior commencing the application process.
HREC APPLICATION FORMS
There are two different HREC application forms which can be completed and submitted to the HREC for review. The HREC encourages submissions to be made one month prior to its meeting dates.
2018 HREC MEETING DATES
The HREC encourages submissions to be made one month prior to its meeting dates.
GUIDELINES, REPORT TEMPLATES AND CHECKLISTS
There are various guidelines, reporting templates and checklists available to assist researchers with preparing the required documentation for the HREC application form.
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Several resources, including randomisation and power calculations are available to assist researchers when completing an application form.