The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) (National Statement (2007)) consists of a series of Guidelines made in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 (the Act). The National Statement (2007) is subject to rolling review. This means that parts of the National Statement will be updated as needed, rather than reviewing the entire document every five years.
The National Statement (2007) 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:
- 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 is developed jointly by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and Universities Australia. It replaces the 1999 National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans.
Compliance with the National Statement is a prerequisite for receipt of National Health and Medical Research Council funding.
Summary of National Statement content
National Statement Updates Table
Past versions and updates are arranged in the National Statements Updates Table with the most recent at the top. Links to other relevant documents and details of amendments are also included in the table.
Keeping Up to Date
To keep apprised of any forthcoming public consultations on proposed changes to the National Statement refer to the NHMRC Public Consultation website. Public consultations are advertised in the NHMRC Research and Health Tracker.
For a listing of current AHEC projects and activities go to http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/health-ethics/australian-health-ethics-committee-ahec
Current Release of the National Statement
It is the responsibility all users of the National Statement, including Human Research Ethics Committees, Research Offices and researchers to ensure the current version is being used in establishing research proposals and undertaking any ethical review that occurs on or after the date of release of any update. Archived and revoked versions of the National Statement (2007) are available for reference purposes (see National Statement Updates Table above).
The most current release is available in PDF and HTML: