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Refer to the Applicant User Guide to ERM and the ERM Signatures and Submission Quick Reference Guide.
Training sessions are available online on a regular basis. On-site sessions (Victoria only) can be arranged for organisations. To receive the training schedule or arrange a session, email email@example.com. Training is provided by the Coordinating Office for Clinical Trial Research, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.
Available on the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services Clinical Trials and Research website.
For information or support, contact the Coordinating Office for Clinical Trial Research, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. Phone 03 9096 7394 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ERM is operated by Infonetica Ltd. and the ERM administrator for Victoria is the Coordinating Office for Clinical Trial Research, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
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National Mutual Acceptance (NMA) is a national system for mutual acceptance of scientific and ethical review of multi-centre human research projects conducted in publicly funded health services across jurisdictions. The Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia participate in NMA. Single ethical and scientific review for a multi-centre human research project can be provided across the six participating states/territories.
For information on how to make an NMA Ethics application and NMA research governance/site specific assessment (SSA) application, click here.
Further information about the Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) is available on the NHMRC website here.
Human Research Ethics Committee (HRECs) play a central role in the Australian system of ethical oversight of research involving humans. HRECs review research proposals involving human participants to ensure that they are ethically acceptable and in accordance with relevant standards and guidelines.
There are more than 200 HRECs in institutions and organisations across Australia. Many other countries have similar systems.
In undertaking this role, HRECs are guided by relevant standards. Standards include those in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (the National Statement) issued by NHMRC.
The National Statement sets out the requirements for the composition of an HREC and the relevant ethical principles and values by which research should be designed and conducted and to which HRECs should refer when reviewing research proposals. It also identifies requirements and responsibilities for:
In some circumstances HRECs charge fees for considering research application.
Further information on HRECs is available on the NHMRC website here.
Click here to access the latest version of the National Statement.
The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (National Statement) consists of a series of guidelines made in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992. It is intended for use by:
The National Statement is developed jointly by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and Universities Australia. It replaced the 1999 National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans.
Compliance with the National Statement is a prerequisite for receipt of NHMRC funding.Back to top
Researchers are strongly encouraged to address the following headings in their Project Description. Each dot point provides an example of the information that researchers might want to include, if relevant to their project.
Project Team Roles & Responsibilities
Results, Outcomes and Future Plans
Participation of members of defined populations in research occurs as a consequence of recruiting them as a research cohort or as individuals whose participation can be anticipated as being likely or foreseeable. For example, a research project may target people who have a specific disease, disability or impairment or who are migrants from a particular country or it may, because of the setting and nature of the research, be likely to include individuals from these groups.
It is also possible that individuals from a defined population will be recruited into a research project without in any way being targeted by virtue of their being present in the general population from which the participants are being recruited. This is often referred to as ‘incidental’ recruitment.
This distinction is important, as the purpose of considering the ethical implications of recruiting members of defined populations, whether they are considered to be ‘vulnerable populations’ or not, is to address those implications as they relate to the likely or foreseeable recruitment of these individuals, not as they relate to the incidental recruitment of these individuals.
Researchers should use common sense and a ‘project-specific’ approach in applying this principle: if it is foreseeable that a portion of the projected participants in a specific research project will be eligible for recruitment as a result of a defined population being specifically targeted or as a result of demographic or other factors, then those ethical considerations that are specific to that group should be addressed. Whereas, if this is not the case, then the fact that it is conceivably possible that individuals who are members of a group will be recruited, but the project is not directed toward that group and the numbers of these individuals will be small, then the ethical considerations that are specific to that group may not need to be addressed.
In Australia, the issue of intended, likely, foreseeable or incidental recruitment is of particular importance when considering the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in research. The ethics committees that are established to perform review of research that targets or is likely to involve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have valuable guidance on when and how to apply the guidelines that are appropriate to this research, including definitions that may be useful for researchers.
Researchers and review bodies are jointly responsible for assessing whether recruitment is likely and foreseeable or incidental. Incorrectly designating the recruitment of a specific population as incidental may result in a deficient ethics application, which may be returned to the researcher by the review body for appropriate modification.Back to top