University of Queensland staff and students conducting research with or about people, their data, or tissue, will need to apply for ethics approval. Approval is required before there is any interaction with participants or their data. This review is usually conducted by one of the University’s two formally appointed Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) which meet regularly throughout the year. 

Projects defined as low or negligible risk (LNR) by the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research may be reviewed by a Sub-Committee of the HRECs or a University-approved School level process.

Per the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, human participation includes the involvement of human beings in the following activities. Any research using these methods must investigate human ethics requirements:

  • surveys, interviews or focus groups;
  • psychological, physiological, or medical testing or treatments;
  • observation by researchers;
  • having their personal documents or other materials accessed;
  • collection and use of their body organs, tissues or fluids (e.g. skin, blood, urine, saliva, hair, bones, tumor and other biopsy specimens), or their exhaled breath; and
  • their information (individually identifiable, re-identifiable or non-identifiable) as part of an existing published or unpublished source or database being accessed.
 
Important dates (Full Review Applications)
 
Committee Next Application Closing Date Next Meeting Date
HREC B 28th February 2017 16th March 2017
HREC A 14th February 2017 2nd March 2017

2017 HREC Calendar

The information below outlines the principles of ethical research, and the procedures for applying for approval.

Human Ethics section

Applying for Human Ethics clearances

Information about the application process and Contact Officers

NHMRC Human Research Ethics Application (HREA)

Information about the NHMRC Human Research Ethics Application (HREA)

Our Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs)

An overview of our HREC structure, meeting dates and committee members

2017 HREC Calendar

  To download this calendar as a PDF please click

Low and Negligible Risk Reviews

Information about Low and Negligible Risk Reviews

Volunteer on a UQ HREC

Volunteer to be on a UQ Human Research Ethics Committee

Policies and Legislation

Important policy documents and School Level Ethical Review

Monitoring

Progress reports, audits, complaints, ethical clearance paragraphs

Training

An overview of training available through the Human Ethics Unit and externally

Forms and Resources

Download application forms, report form, committee lists

Contact the Human Ethics Unit

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