Research ethics

Health Translation Queensland is committed to the highest standards of research ethics and integrity. Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) review research applications to make sure the research treats people ethically and adhere to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated 2018). Treating someone ethically means treating them with respect, dignity and care, and that the outcomes of the research are of benefit.

Most Health Translation Queensland partners have HRECs that review research proposals involving humans to ensure that they meet ethical standards and guidelines. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) certifies HRECs for specific types of research, ranging from clinical trials to paediatric research. You can download a current list of Health Translation Queensland’s partners and the type of research for which they are certified.

Within Health Translation Queensland’s partnership, six of the HRECs are NHMRC-certified for the National Mutual Acceptance (NMA) scheme. This scheme supports a single scientific and ethical review for multi-centre human research. This means that one HREC can review a research proposal for multiple sites. However, there may be some exceptions—for example, for research at Universities and private hospitals.

HRECs meet on set dates throughout the year to consider research proposals. You can find a list of Queensland Health HREC information and meeting dates here. For dates of other Health Translation Queensland Partner HREC meetings, please see the links below.

Human Research Ethics Committees

The following HRECs within the HTQ partnership have been certified by the NHMRC:

The following HRECs within the HTQ partnership have been registered with the NHMRC:

*Please note UQ and QUT are registered with (not certified by) the NHMRC. As the NHMRC-certified HRECs do not accept the NMA, we advise you seek their HREC’s approval first (i.e. before UQ or QUT). UQ and QUT provide a ratification process for research that has undergone an NHMRC certified HREC review.

For further information, contact:

HTQ Research Governance Manager
Ph: +61 7 3346 5524
Email: research@healthtranslationqld.org.au

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