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Human ethics review and meeting dates

Ethics application review

The Human Research Ethics Committee has two levels of review based on the risk associated with the research. When an application is received by the Office of Research, the ethics team will conduct a risk assessment to ascertain whether the application is of low or high risk. Depending on the level of risk the application is processed as follows:

 

 Application type  Low risk  High risk
 Undergraduate/Postgraduate (Coursework) student application  Faculty Chair/Panel    HREC Full Committee Meeting
 Staff/Postgraduate (Research) Student Applications  HREC Fast track Committee  HREC Full Committee Meeting

Low risk applications

Low risk applications will be forwarded every week for review to either the Human Research Ethics Committee Fast Track Committee or the Faculty Chair. Please note: an application may be considered to be of high risk and therefore will have to wait to be reviewed by the full Human Research Ethics Committee at the next meeting.

The estimated time for the decisions to be communicated to the applicant is within two weeks from the time the researcher forwards the application to the Ethics Committee Support Officer. Please note: the committee in most circumstances request further information on a project, so the researcher will need to factor in the extra time for response, review and approval.

High risk applications

Where an application is deemed to be of high risk, it is forwarded to the full Human Research Ethics Committee to review at the next scheduled meeting.

The estimated time for the decisions to be communicated to the applicant is within three days from the meeting. Please note: the committee, in most circumstances, requests more information on a project so the researcher will need to factor in the extra time for response, review and approval.

2014 Human Research Ethics Committee meeting dates

 Please note the below meeting dates for Human Research Ethics Committee meetings are subject to change.

 

Submission date (close of business) Meeting date (all scheduled for 3-5pm)
Friday 31 January 2014 Tuesday 25 February 2014
Friday 17 February 2014 Tuesday 18 March  2014
Friday 21 March 2014 Tuesday 22 April 2014
Friday 18 April 2014 Tuesday 20 May 2014
Friday 14 May 2014 Tuesday 17 June 2014
Friday 20 June 2014 Tuesday 22 July 2014
Friday 18 July 2014 Tuesday 19 August 2014
Friday 15 August 2014

Tuesday 16 September 2014 

Friday 19 September 2014 Tuesday 21 October  2014
Friday  17 October 2014 Tuesday 18 November 2014
Friday 7 November 2014 Tuesday 9 December 2014