Health and research ethics

NHMRC issues advice and guidelines on ethics and related issues in the fields of health, human research and animal research.

Animal research ethics

NHMRC ensures that the highest ethical standards apply to NHMRC funded research involving the use of animals for scientific purposes, and that animal welfare issues are addressed.

Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC)

AHEC advises NHMRC on ethical issues relating to health and develops guidelines for the conduct of research involving humans.

Ethical issues and further resources

This section contains information and resources on ethically significant and complex issues relating to human health and research.

Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs)

Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) protect the welfare and rights of research participants. HRECs review proposals for research that involves humans, monitor the conduct of research and deal with complaints that arise from research.

Human Research Ethics Application (HREA)

 NHMRC has developed the Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) as a replacement for the National Ethics Application Form (NEAF). The aim of the HREA is to be a concise application to facilitate efficient and effective ethics review for research involving humans.

National Ethics Application Form (NEAF)

NEAF has recently been replaced by the Human Research Ethics Application (HREA).

National Approach to Single Ethical Review

The objective of the National Approach to Single Ethical Review of Multi-centre Research (National Approach) formally known as the Harmonisation of Multi-centre Ethical Review (HoMER) initiative is to enable the recognition of a single ethical and scientific review of multi-centre human research within and/or across Australian jurisdictions.

National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007)

The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) (National Statement) consists of a series of Guidelines made in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992.