The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) (National Statement (2007), and as updated, consists of a series of guidelines made in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992.
The National Statement 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
- potential research participants.
The National Statement is developed jointly by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and Universities Australia.
The National Statement 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 5 years.
Compliance with the National Statement is a prerequisite for receipt of NHMRC funding.
The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated 2018) is the current National Statement.
On 1 January 2024, the 2007 National Statement will be replaced with the 2023 National Statement. After 1 January 2024, the 2007 National Statement will remain available for reference and for historical purposes on the National Statement information webpage.