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In multi-centre research, it is important that the policies and processes of an institution and its Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) comply with Australian guidelines, but that this requirement does not take time and resources away from researchers.
NHMRC has a well-established role in the development of ethical advice for ART. The ART guidelines are used by professional organisations to set standards for the practice of ART. The ART guidelines are primarily intended for ART clinicians, clinic nurses, embryologists, counsellors and administrators, researchers, Human Research Ethics Committees, and governments.
Organ and tissue transplantation is an effective and well-established treatment, with the potential to drastically improve the health and life of recipients. However, despite increasing success rates and the broadening of recipient eligibility and organ suitability criteria, the demand for organs and tissues continues to exceed their availability.
NHMRC is currently working with an expert advisory committee to develop a new online resource for guideline developers that will update its current methodological advice.
We issue guidelines to support high-quality clinical and research practice. We also help other researchers and clinicians to develop guidelines in their areas of expertise.
Guidelines and tools about assisted reproductive technology; clinical ethics; embryo research, stem cells and human cloning; organ and tissue donation and transplantation; privacy; research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Knowledge growth through research underpins improvements in Australia's health and health services. This research can be fundamental or can be applied, directly addressing clinical problems, public and environmental health issues or the provision of health services.
We are committed to setting high standards in ethics in health care and research.