One researcher has the potential to improve millions of lives. We provide funding for research through our grant system, with a transparent peer-review process to determine how funding is allocated.
NHMRC helps achieve the best health outcomes for Australians by disseminating evidence-based health advice to the community, via all levels of government and health professionals.
NHMRC is the key driver of health and medical research in Australia. Aside from funding, we advise the Australian Government and facilitate networking in the research community by bringing academics and industry together. We build commercial literacy among researchers and help them protect intellectual property.
At NHMRC we are excited by the huge potential benefits of the research we fund and by the opportunities we have to ensure Australians have access to evidence-based, authoritative health advice.
We create pathways to a healthier future through our research funding, our health guidelines and the ethical standards we set and uphold.
An organisation may apply to register its Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) at any time. To be eligible for registration, the organisation and HREC must demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, (National Statement).
The submission of this application must be approved by the head of the organisation (e.g. CEO or Vice-Chancellor). If the HREC is responsible to more than one organisation, the head of each of these organisations must also approve the submission of this application. The organisation with primary responsibility for the HREC is the applicant.
NHMRC collects personal information from Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) as part of the registration process.
This information is collected on contact details for HRECs and for their organisations, as well as details on HREC membership. Without this personal information, an HREC will not be registered, nor will its registration be maintained.
NHMRC uses this information to contact HRECs and their organisations, to confirm that HRECs and organisations agree to the terms of registration, and/or to verify that HRECs’ appointed members meet the requirements of paragraphs 5.1.29–5.1.31 of the National Statement. HREC contact email addresses that do not include personal names or are already publicly available may be provided to external third parties. However, all other access to this information will be limited to NHMRC staff.
By providing this information, HRECs and organisations acknowledge that it will be stored by NHMRC.
HRECs can be established by organisations, either individually or jointly (NS 5.1.26 ). One organisation should be nominated as having primary responsibility for the HREC.
This section relates to the requirements in Section 5 of the National Statement.
Please complete and upload the Membership Profile form
When establishing an HREC, the organisation must set out and publicise its HRECs’ terms of reference. The terms of reference must meet the requirements of NS 5.1.27.
The organisation must ensure that that the HREC establishes, implements and documents working procedures to promote good ethical review. The HREC’s procedures/SOPs must meet the requirements of NS 5.1.37.
HRECs must consider the protection of privacy for humans participating in research (NS 5.2.26(m)).