Registering or closing an HREC

Organisations that have established Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) are encouraged to register with NHMRC, and report annually to NHMRC. NHMRC Administering Institutions are required to register their HREC with NHMRC.

Registering an HREC with NHMRC

The HREC registration form

You can apply for registration of an HREC with NHMRC by completing a Registration Form. Applications for registration should be completed with reference to Section 5 of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, 2007.

Please note that an application for registration of an HREC must be completed and signed by the head of the organisation(s) responsible for the HREC (e.g. the CEO(s)).

How to close an HREC

Organisations considering closing their HREC(s) must take into account the need for ongoing research projects to be monitored until completion. Either the HREC should continue to operate until all current research projects have been completed, or the organisation should make arrangements to transfer the responsibility for monitoring existing research projects to another organisation and HREC.

Organisations intending to close their HREC(s) should ensure that the principal researchers of all current projects are notified of the proposed closure and should work cooperatively with the researchers to ensure the transfer of current projects to another HREC. Principal researchers and organisations which conduct research must ensure that all current research is being conducted under the auspices of an HREC.

For HRECs registered with NHMRC, organisations must complete a HREC Registration Closure Form to advise NHMRC of this closure and demonstrate that responsibility for ongoing research projects has been addressed appropriately.

An Annual Report Form must be completed for the HREC for any part of the reporting period (calendar year) that it was in operation. An Annual Report Form will be provided to the organisation at the end of the reporting period. For more information about the Annual Report, please see HREC Annual Reporting to NHMRC.

If an organisation chooses to terminate the registration of its HREC with the NHMRC for reasons other than the closure of the HREC, it is still required to complete a HREC Registration Closure Form and to complete an Annual Report Form for any part of the reporting period (calendar year) that the HREC was in operation and registered with the NHMRC. An Annual Report Form will be provided to the organisation at the end of the reporting period.

Contact for further information

Email address

HREC.admin@nhmrc.gov.au