- Human Ethics
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their information (individually identifiable, re-identifiable or non-identifiable) as part of an existing published or unpublished source or database being accessed.
|Committee||Next Application Closing Date||Next Meeting Date|
|HREC B||28th March 2017||13th April 2017|
|HREC A||14th March 2017||30th March 2017|
The information below outlines the principles of ethical research, and the procedures for applying for approval.
|Human Ethics section|