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Public Consultation on Section 3 (Chapters 3.1 & 3.5), Glossary and Revisions to Section 5 National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, 2007

Closed on Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 11:59pm (AEDT). Submissions are no longer being accepted.

The National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is proposing a revision of Section 3 of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (the National Statement).

The National Statement provides guidelines for researchers, Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) and others conducting ethical review of research, and emphasises institutions’ responsibilities for the quality, safety and ethical acceptability of research that they sponsor or permit under their auspices.

The Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC) is overseeing the development of this review with the advice of an expert group with expertise from different research disciplines, the Australian Research Council and Universities Australia.

Scope of the public consultation

Comments are invited on the content of Section 3 of the National Statement, which includes new introductory language, new and revised chapters 3.1 and 3.5, consequential changes to Section 5 and additions to the Glossary.

In particular,  feedback is sought on whether the drafts:

  • provides sufficient guidance to address the key ethical issues in relation to human research
  • is presented and written in a manner that is appropriate for the target audience (researchers, HRECs).

NHMRC is consulting only on Section 3, Chapters 3.1 and 3.5, the identified parts of Section 5 and the additional terms in the glossary.  Only submissions on these identified parts of the National Statement will be accepted. 

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Consultation date

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Opening date: 
Friday, 4 November 2016 - 9:00am
Closing date: 
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 - 11:59pm
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