Terms of Reference
Functions and Objectives
All research involving humans funded or conducted by the Department of Health, must be approved by a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).
The role of the Australian Government Department of Health Human Research Ethics Committee ('the Committee'), an approved HREC, is to provide ethical assessment of non-biomedical research proposals involving humans that:
- are funded by the Department of Health; or
- require access to; or linkage of; Departmental data collections; or
- are initiated or conducted, either wholly or in part, by Departmental staff
- have not been considered by another HREC; or
- have been referred to the Committee by a data custodian or by a senior executive of the Department.
The Committee's objectives include:
- protection of the welfare and the rights, including privacy and confidentiality, of participants involved, either directly or indirectly, in the proposals referred to it;
- promotion of ethical standards in human research and in information privacy, in research proposals referred to it, by providing guidance to the researcher/s; and
- facilitation of ethical research, through efficient and effective review processes.
Role and Charter of the Department of Health Human Research Ethics Committee
The Committee will:
- review all proposed research involving humans that meet the Committee Functions and Objectives criteria and make a determination as to whether or not they meet the requirements of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated May 2015),
- monitor research projects until completion to ensure ongoing compliance with the National Statement and associated guidelines;
- maintain a record of all research projects of which it makes an assessment, so that the following information is readily accessible:
- name of the relevant organisation/institution
- principal/senior researcher/s
- contact officer’s details
- short title of the project
- external ethics committee approval/non-approval where applicable
- date of Committee approval
- any special conditions related to approval
- dates for review
- establish and maintain regular liaison with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Australian Health Ethics Committee.
Information on how to make a submission to the Department of Health Human Research Ethics Committee.
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