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their information (individually identifiable, re-identifiable or non-identifiable) as part of an existing published or unpublished source or database being accessed.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 5.00pm AEST 20th August 2019 5th September 2019
HREC A 5.00pm AEST 3rd September 2019 19th September 2019

2019 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

2019 HREC Calendar

        To download these calendars as a PDF please select:

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


Progress reports, audits, complaints, ethical clearance paragraphs


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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