As part of our initiatives to build efficient, streamlined and consistent processes that support UQ researchers in delivering the highest quality research outcomes, following an extensive consultative process the University is implementing a faculty-based structure for the review of both staff and student low and negligible risk (LNR) human research.

The new framework delivers six faculty-based LNR Subcommittees to support UQ Schools and Institutes, with each appointed as a Subcommittee of one of UQ’s two NHMRC-registered Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs). Consistent Terms of Reference and Standard Operating Procedures will govern the operations of the Subcommittees, and comprehensive training will be provided to Subcommittee members and information sessions will be conducted for UQ researchers.

For information about how to complete the HREA Application please refer to our NHMRC Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) webpage.

Low and Negligible Risk in research is defined as follows:

Low Risk: A project in which the only foreseeable risk is one of discomfort. If there is any chance that the research may result in anything more serious than discomfort, the research cannot be called low risk.

Examples of discomfort (including body and/or mind): measuring blood pressure, anxiety induced by interview, minor side effects of medication.

Negligible Risk: A project in which there is no foreseeable risk of discomfort or harm and if there is any foreseeable risk, it will not be of more than inconvenience. If there is any chance, no matter how small, that the risk will exceed inconvenience, then the research cannot be classified as being of negligible risk.

Examples of inconvenience: filling in a form, participating in a street survey, giving up time to participate in research.

Participant Information Sheet & Consent Form

Please click here to download the PIS & PCF Checklist [PDF].

 

 

Does a student assignment or activity require research ethics review?

Research involving human participants require ethics review.  Such activity may involve the analysis of already collected individual-level human data, or data to be collected by way of survey or interview of people.  But the use of such methods (dataset, survey, interview), in itself, would not make the activity subject to ethics review.  The underlying criterion to trigger the need for ethics review is that such activity is “research” in the academic sense.  The term “research” is sometimes used in a broad generic way covering anything that involves collection and analysis of data.  For the purposes of considering whether an activity requires ethics review, a more considered focus should be applied.  If the intention of such activity is to formally publish as research, then ethics review will be required.  But if the purpose of the activity is in essence an educational or learning exercise for students in the form of a class assignment or assessment piece with no intention of formal publication, then ethics review would not normally be required.  However, if there is an additional further intention that the data would be used for research purposes in the future (eg, an honours project) then ethics review should be obtained before collection.

 
 

BEL FACULTY LNR SUB-COMMITTEE

All applications for the BEL LNR Sub-Committee should use the Human Research Ethics Application.

Please direct all questions regarding the BEL LNR process (applications, status, etc) to: BELLNR@UQ.EDU.AU

Applications may be submitted at any time. 


EAIT FACULTY LNR SUB-COMMITTEE (incorporating SMI and AIBN)

All applications for the EAIT LNR Sub-Committee should use the Human Research Ethics Application.

Please direct all questions regarding the EAIT LNR process (applications, status, etc) to: EAITLNR@UQ.EDU.AU

Applications may be submitted at any time.


MEDICINE FACULTY LNR SUB-COMMITTEE (incorporating QBI and CAI)

All applications for the MEDICINE LNR Sub-Committee should use the Human Research Ethics Application.

Please direct all questions regarding the MEDICINE LNR process (applications, status, etc) to: MEDICINELNR@UQ.EDU.AU

Applications may be submitted at any time.


SCIENCE FACULTY LNR SUB-COMMITTEE (incorporating QGCI, QAAFI and IMB)

All applications for the SCIENCE LNR Sub-Committee should use the Human Research Ethics Application.

Please direct all questions regarding the SCIENCE LNR process (applications, status, etc) to: SCIENCELNR@UQ.EDU.AU

Applications may be submitted at any time.


HABS FACULTY LNR SUB-COMMITTEE

All applications for the HABS LNR Sub-Committee should use the Human Research Ethics Application.

Please direct all questions regarding the HABS LNR process (applications, status, etc) to: HABSLNR@UQ.EDU.AU

Applications may be submitted at any time.


HASS FACULTY LNR SUB-COMMITTEE (incorporating ISSR)

All applications for the HASS LNR Sub-Committee should use the Human Research Ethics Application.

Please direct all questions regarding the HASS LNR process (applications, status, etc) to: HASSLNR@UQ.EDU.AU

Applications may be submitted at any time.

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