Endeavour College of Natural Health's Human Research Ethics Committee provides researchers an external review process to ensure proposed research projects are ethically acceptable.
A Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is central to the ethical research involving human participants which follows the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 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.
Endeavour College of Natural Health's Human Research Ethics Committee (EC00358) oversees an external review process and 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:
The Endeavour HREC requires all full ethics submission to be conducted using the Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) submission platform. HREA ensures that all key aspects of ethical guidelines are addressed. The following documents must be submitted for full ethical review.
Low risk research is defined as the kind 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). Low risk applications are reviewed by the full HREC, or where it has been appointed, the Executive Committee of the HREC. The following documents must be submitted for review.
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. Reciprocal applications for ethical clearance will be reviewed by the HREC Chair person. If there are any ethical concerns with the application, the application will be reviewed by, where it has been appointed, the Executive Committee of the HREC or the full standing HREC. In order to be considered for reciprocal review, submit the following documentation.
Monitoring of approved research projects is done on a yearly basis and requires submission of an Annual Report to the Research Ethics and Governance Administrator. A reminder will be sent prior to the 3 October deadline to ensure compliance with reporting requirements are met. When a project comes to a close, a Final Report must be submitted within two months of completing your research project.
All projects that have been granted ethical clearance which require an amendment to any aspect of the project, are required to notify the HREC by submitting an Amendment Application to the Research Ethics and Governance Administrator for approval by the HREC or if appointed, the Executive Ethics Committee.
A complaint about an Endeavour HREC approved research project can be made by completing and submitting a Complaint Application to the Research Ethics and Governance Administrator. The Research Ethics and Governance Administrator is responsible for obtaining a complaint in writing from the complainant and will notify the Chair of the HREC in a timely manner. The Chair is nominated to handle complaints or concerns about an approved research project. The Chair will respond to the complainant with acknowledgement and outline the process for investigating the issue. If the complaint does not require further investigation, the Chair will inform the complainant. If the Chair deems that further investigation and/or consequence are required, the Chair will convene with the Research Management Committee to determine the appropriate level of action. Should the complaint require further investigation, the compliant will be reported to the following:
In conjunction with the feedback from the Research Management Committee, the Research Ethics and Governance Administrator will send a letter of notification to the Chief Investigator of the project in question, outlining the concern or complaint and the appropriate mechanism of investigation.
Should you be interested in being appointed to the Endeavour HREC, complete the HREC Membership Expression of Interest application and send to the Research Ethics and Governance Administrator. Available memberships is limited to the guidelines as stated in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) - Updated 2018.
All applications and correspondence is made through the Research Ethics and Governance Administrator at HREC@endeavour.edu.au.