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Research Integrity

The ethical conduct of research is a shared responsibility. Researchers who conduct and design research, organisations which employ researchers and/or fund research, Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) which review research, and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) which publishes guidelines about research all have a role in ensuring that research is conducted ethically.

Overview of ethical conduct of research

To protect the welfare and rights of participants involved in research, it is essential that research is conducted in an ethical manner. All individuals and organisations involved with research have a role to play in facilitating and making sure that research is conducted ethically.

History of ethics and ethical review of human research in Australia

Ethical review of research involving humans has occurred since the 1960s.

The role of Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) in the ethical conduct of research

AHEC currently provides advice and support to over 220 Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs), which are responsible for the ethical review of research involving humans.

Reporting research misconduct

NHMRC has formal procedures for responding to complaints about research misconduct.

Clinical trials involving humans

A 'clinical trial' is research in which a therapeutic, preventive or diagnostic intervention is tested.

NHMRC publications on research and research integrity

Australian Research Integrity Committee

The ARIC provides a review system of institutional processes to respond to allegations of research misconduct.


Page reviewed: 12 December, 2013