Where do I get approval?

If your research requires approval from an ethics review body the next step is to determine who would be the appropriate responsible body for your project. This is the body that takes responsibility for the ethical oversight of your research.

Depending on the type of research you are doing (for instance, multiple or single site) and where your research will be conducted (for instance, in hospitals, schools, overseas) this may be a single ethics review body, or you may be required to obtain multiple approvals.

At the University, we endeavor to minimize duplication of ethics review, and have therefore implemented processes that support efficient, effective oversight by a single responsible ethics review body wherever possible.

In general, if you are a University staff member or student you will be required to go through the University HREC approval process . There may be exceptions to this if you have already obtained approval from another ethics review body or are conducting research/recruiting participants at a particular site.

To assist you in determining where to get your ethics approval from, please refer to the information provided below.

Please note, the University does not “recognise” or “ratify” ethical approval from other ethics review bodies.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT CLINICAL TRIALS
Please note that this page concerns research ethics requirements only. If you are conducting a clinical trial on a University of Sydney site, you may also need to comply with relevant governance requirements, even if you have approval from another ethics committee. Please contact Clinical Trials Governance for further information.

General guidelines for approvals from other Australian HRECs

If your research was approved by an Australian ethics committee registered with the NHMRC, and they have undertaken in writing that they are willing to be responsible for all sites at which the research is to be conducted, you do not need to notify the University HREC (however please refer to the table of exceptions below). You may proceed under the authority of that approving HREC; they will be the responsible ethics review body for your study.

Here is a list of NHMRC-registered HRECs

If you have approval from an Australian HREC that is not registered with the NHMRC, you must also obtain approval from the University HREC

Exceptions and notable cases regarding approvals from other Australian HRECs

 

Ethics Review Body

 

Additional Information

Approval required from:

University of Sydney HREC

Other ethics review body

NSW Health (not including RPAH or CRGH)

Research including University of Sydney site(s) and/or other sites not approved by NSW Health HREC

Yes

Yes

No University site involved and all research sites approved by the responsible HREC

No

Yes

Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) and Concord Repatriation General Hospital (CRGH)

Multi-site studies which include University of Sydney site(s)
An agreement is in place which SLHD will approve research occurring at University of Sydney sites.

No

Yes

Australian Defence Force (ADF)

Research which involves Defence Force personnel or property all applications  needs to be approved by the ADHREC only (NHMRC registered)

No

Yes

Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA)

Research which involves the veteran community personnel or property all applications need to be approved by the DVAHREC only (NHMRC registered)

No

Yes

Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AHMRC)

For all health research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities in NSW
The AHMRC (NHMRC registered) requests that research also be approved by the researchers' institution

Yes

Yes

State Education Research Applications Process (SERAP)

Not NHMRC registered
All research in NSW Schools requires SERAP (PDF) approval

Yes

Yes

Department of Corrective Services Ethics Committee (CSEC)

Research which is undertaken within the jurisdiction of Corrective Services, all applications must be submitted to the DCS (Not NHMRC registered)

Yes

Yes

Juvenile Justice (NSW)

Research which is undertaken within Juvenile Justice agencies in NSW, all applications must be submitted to the Juvenile Justice Research and Information Unit (Not NHMRC registered)

Yes

Yes

 

Overseas Ethics Review Bodies

Overseas ethics review body

Participants recruited in Australia

Yes

Yes

Participants recruited overseas with a grant administered by the University of Sydney

Yes

Yes

Participants recruited overseas with no grant or a grant administered by another institution

No
(Additional review can be requested)

Yes

Country has no ethics review body

 

Yes

No