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Public consultation on proposed changes to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007

Closed on Friday, 17 December 2010, 12:00am (AEDT). Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Chapter 3.6 – Human stem cells

Chapter 4.1 – Women who are pregnant and the human foetus


In 2009, concern regarding the requirements for the separation of research and clinical roles in Chapter 4.1 of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) (National Statement) was raised with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). In particular the separation of these roles was considered too restrictive and ultimately may hinder research and studies aimed at improving maternal and child health outcomes. Following correspondence with a number of stakeholders, the Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC) undertook revisions to address these concerns. This consultation seeks public feedback on these proposed changes.

Invitation to make a submission

You are invited, under paragraph 13(1)(b) of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992, to make a submission to the NHMRC about the draft guidelines.

How to make your submission

Electronic submissions using the email address ethics@nhmrc.gov.au are strongly preferred. If this is not possible, please make your submission in writing (preferably typed or word processed) and submit by mail to the address below. Please ensure that the author of the submission and organisation (if applicable) is clearly stated.

If you would like your submission to be treated as confidential, please indicate this clearly (for example, by marking CONFIDENTIAL on each page of your written submission). Submissions may be subject to release under the Freedom of Information Act 1982. All submissions will have personal contact details removed prior to becoming publicly available on the NHMRC website.

You may download the public consultation pack including the proposed changes to National Statement here: http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines/consult/index.htm or request a copy from the NHMRC on the contact details below.

Please include information sources and references used in your submission for the NHMRC to consider.

About the National Statement

The National Statement consists of a series of Guidelines made in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 and is intended for use by:

  • any researcher conducting research with human participants;
  • any member of an ethical review body reviewing that research;
  • those involved in research governance; and
  • potential research participants.

The National Statement does not exhaust the ethical discussion of human research. Even a single research field covers a multitude of different situations about which the National Statement will not always offer specific guidance, or to which its application may be uncertain.

The National Statement has been jointly developed by the NHMRC, the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Universities Australia (UA). This joint undertaking reflects a widely shared conviction that there is a need for ethical guidelines that are genuinely applicable to all human research; and it gives expression to the shared responsibility for ethically good research.

Consultation documents

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Consultation date

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Closing date: 
Friday, 17 December 2010 (All day)
Please note that for some NHMRC consultations no extensions will be given. Where extensions are available you will need to contact the project officer using the contact details at the bottom of this page. However, in order for NHMRC to extend the date of a submission you will need to have created an account and started a submission.
Contact for further information

National Health and Medical Research Council

GPO Box 1421



(02) 6217 9000


Public submissions

Page reviewed: 11 February, 2014