It is necessary for all persons associated with the University of Adelaide to obtain appropriate ethical clearance before commencing any activity involving human research; and all human research must comply with the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research and associated Guidelines.
The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 was amended in July 2018 and becomes effective on 1 January 2019.
The amendments to the National Statement included significant changes to and restructuring of Section 3 (Ethical considerations in the design, development, review and conduct of research); changes to Chapters 5.1 (Institutional Responsibilities), 5.2 (Responsibilities of HRECs, other ethical review bodies and researchers), and 5.5 (Monitoring approved research); and updates to the Glossary.
Please note that the significant changes to Section 3 (Ethical considerations in the design, development, review and conduct of research) are of particular relevance to researchers.
Human Research Ethics applications submitted after 1 January 2019 must comply with the updated (2018) version of the National Statement, available via the NHMRC website.
The 2019 Application for Ethics Approval form has been updated to reflect the changes to the National Statement, and will be available from 1 January 2019 via the University’s Office of Research Ethics, Compliance, and Integrity (ORECI) website.