HREC and certified institution annual reporting to NHMRC

HREC and certified institution annual reports

NHMRC requests annual reports from Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) registered with NHMRC concerning the HRECs’ activities over the preceding calendar year (the reporting period).

Each year, HRECs self-report on the application and requirements of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, 2007 including:

  • the composition of the HREC;
  • processes for the consideration of research proposals;
  • reporting arrangements with the host institution; and
  • monitoring of approved research and mechanisms for handling complaints.

Organisations and their HRECs that are certified under the National Certification Scheme of Institutional Processes related to the Ethical Review of Multi-centre Research are obliged to also self-report on activities related to the ethics review of multi-centre research. This includes the number of multi-centre reviews conducted and a summary of administrative support for their ethics review process. This forms part of the ongoing monitoring and reporting requirements under the scheme.

The information provided in annual reports is assessed by NHMRC. The organisation and its HREC are notified of the outcome of the assessment and may be contacted by NHMRC to clarify responses to questions in the report. The information supplied to NHMRC will be used to compile an aggregated report to the Australian Health Ethics Committee, on the operation of HRECs.

The annual report also collects information on behalf of the Australian Information Commissioner, concerning the privacy of health information and the application of the two NHMRC guidelines approved under Section 95 and 95A of the Privacy Act 1988.

HREC and certified institution annual reports (2014 – 2016)

Reports on the activity of NHMRC-registered HRECs, the activity of certified institutions’ HRECs and HREC application of the guidelines approved under Section 95 and Section 95A of the Privacy Act 1988 are available below.

HREC annual reports (prior to 2014)

Reports from previous reporting periods are available below.

Certified institutions annual reports (prior to 2014)

Reports from previous reporting periods are available below.

HREC privacy reports (prior to 2014)

Reports on the application of the s95 and s95A guidelines, provided to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner in previous years are available below.

Further information

Email address:

HREC.admin@nhmrc.gov.au