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Research ethics committees

Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) review health research proposals if the research involves humans. HRECs are established by organisations, which register their HREC with the Naional Health and Medical Research Council.

When health research is proposed that involves Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the HREC should ensure a consultation process with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experts and key representatives. For further contacts please see: National, State and Territory contacts or contact National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) or the relevant state affiliates

The Human Research Ethics Handbook was developed by the NHMRC to help Australian Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) assess and facilitate the ethical conduct of research involving human participants and resolve the challenges encountered during this process.

See also NHMRC Indigenous health.


Created: 21 November 2014 - Updated: 05 December 2017