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National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research
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The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (National Statement) consists of a series of guidelines made in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992. It is intended for use by:
any researcher conducting research with human participants;
any member of an ethical review body reviewing that research;
those involved in research governance; and
potential research participants.
The National Statement is developed jointly by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and Universities Australia. It replaced the 1999 National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans.
Compliance with the National Statement is a prerequisite for receipt of NHMRC funding.
Human Research Ethics Committee (HRECs) play a central role in the Australian system of ethical oversight of research involving humans. HRECs review research proposals involving human participants to ensure that they are ethically acceptable and in accordance with relevant standards and guidelines.
There are more than 200 HRECs in institutions and organisations across Australia. Many other countries have similar systems.
In undertaking this role, HRECs are guided by relevant standards. Standards include those in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (the National Statement) issued by NHMRC. The National Statement sets out the requirements for the composition of an HREC and the relevant ethical principles and values by which research should be designed and conducted and to which HRECs should refer when reviewing research proposals. It also identifies requirements and responsibilities for:
Institutions/organisations in establishing HRECs
researchers in submitting research proposals to HRECs
HRECs in considering and reaching decisions regarding these proposals and in monitoring the conduct of approved research.
In some circumstances HRECs charge fees for considering research application.
Further information on HRECs is available on the NHMRC website here.