Research ethics is a form of protection of the welfare and rights of participants in research. It is also a mechanism in maintaining professional standards and ensuring public support for research.
The University has an obligation to the Australian Government and the community to ensure that all USQ research involving humans, animals, or genetically modified organisms meets national ethical standards.
Ethics Clearance means that one of the University’s accredited Animal, Human or Bio-safety Committees has considered your project and cleared it of any ethical implications. Ethical clearance must be obtained prior to commencing your research otherwise you will be in breach of the Australian Code for Responsible Conduct of Research.
Ethical standards need to be met in order to ensure that no harm occurs to research participants and animals and that bio-safety standards are met. Ethical review will improve the design of your project and secure the validity and integrity of your research.
USQ Human Ethics clearance must be sought for all research involving humans
USQ Animal Ethics clearance must be sought for all research and teaching proposals that involve the use of animals. USQ Bio-safety clearance must be sought for all research and teaching proposals that involve dealings with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
To find out how to obtain ethics clearance and your obligations: