External ethics approval

Do you have approval from another ethics committee?

Where possible, the Sydney University ethics committee endeavours to minimise duplication of ethical review. It no longer “recognises” or “ratifies” ethical approval from other Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs).
If you have ethics approval from another HREC and that ethics committee has stated in writing that it is willing to be responsible for all sites at which the research is to be conducted, you may not need approval from the Sydney University HREC. There are some circumstances where the University of Sydney HREC will be required to review research that has already been approved by other HRECs. These instances are detailed below.

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.

When is University of Sydney ethics approval required?

Australian ethics committee
Research approved by an Australian ethics committee that is not registered with the NHMRC requires a full application to the Sydney University HREC.

If your research was approved by an Australian ethics committee registered with the NHMRC, you do not need to notify the Sydney University HREC. You may simply proceed under the authority of the approving HREC.

Here is a list of NHMRC-registered HRECs

External Ethics Approval process

Overseas ethics committee
Where participants will be recruited in Australia, research approved by an overseas ethics committee requires a full application to the Sydney University HREC.

Where participants will be recruited overseas, research approved by an overseas ethics committee only requires approval from the Sydney University HREC if it is funded by a grant (excluding scholarships) that is administered by the University of Sydney.

External Ethics Approval process international