Why is ethics approval necessary?

Ethics approval helps:

  • protect the welfare, rights, dignity and safety of research participants
  • protect researchers’ rights to conduct legitimate investigation
  • protect the University of Sydney’s reputation for research conducted and sponsored by it
  • minimise the potential for claims of negligence made against any individual researchers and the University of Sydney.

Do I need human ethics approval?

All University of Sydney staff and students who intend to conduct research involving human participants as part of an Honours, Diploma, Masters, Doctorate or other higher degree must apply for approval from the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

Research involving humans may include:

  • administering questionnaires/surveys
  • conducting interviews or focus groups
  • investigating or observing human behaviour
  • use of data or human tissue
  • routine testing of human participants
  • administering drugs, ionising radiation, chemical agents or vaccines
  • any other experimentation involving human beings