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A Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is a central aspect to ethical research involving human participants which follows the National Statement on Ethical Conduct developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). It is the responsibility of a HREC to review research proposals involving human participants and to ensure that they are ethically sound and are in accordance to the relevant guidelines. The Endeavour College of Natural Health HREC (EC00358) provides researchers an external review process to ensure proposed research projects are ethically acceptable. Research projects that are deemed acceptable will be approved and monitored by the committee.
Applications for ethical clearance can be submitted at any time and will be presented to the HREC at the next available committee meeting. Upon submission, researchers will receive an email to confirm receipt of their ethics application. Following clearance by the HREC, researchers will receive a designated code for all future correspondence related to that project and a letter of approval. In some instances, applicants may be asked to provide additional information or clarification regarding their research project prior to a decision regarding ethical clearance being made by the HREC. The following forms are required for applications:
Full Ethical Review Application
The National Ethics Application Form (NEAF) is an interactive web based tool for researchers to complete research ethics applications for submission to a HREC. NEAF ensures that all key aspects of ethical guidelines are addressed.
Low/Negligible Risk Ethical Research Application
Low risk research is defined as the kin which the only foreseeable risk to participants is one of discomfort. The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research describes discomfort as “less serious than harm…which can involve body and /or mind. Discomforts include, for example, minor side effects of medication, the discomforts related to measuring blood pressure, and anxiety induced by an interview” (NS S2 2.1).
If you have received ethics approval from any NHMRC registered HREC, Endeavour’s HREC is able to provide reciprocal approval for researchers conducting projects that involve multiple institutions or facilities. In order to be considered for reciprocal review, please submit the following documentation:
The policy governing the ethical review and approval process at Endeavour College of Natural Health is the Human Research Ethical Clearance Policy.
Monitoring of approved research projects is done on a yearly basis and requires submission of an annual progress report to the HREC secretary. You will be notified every 12 months of your research projects duration of the required submission date of your Annual Progress Report. At the completion of your project, you are required to submit a Final Report.