Aiming to protect the rights, welfare and safety of human participants and animal subjects in research, the University requires all research projects to obtain prior ethical and/or safety approval. The governance structure and policies relating to research ethics are as follows:
The University adopted the following sets of research ethics policies and procedures which underpin the requirements and expectations for conducting responsible research. The policies also define the action to be taken in the event that an individual is suspected or accused of research misconduct.
- Policy on Responsible Conduct of Research
- Standard Operating Procedures for Human Clinical Research (Download full version)
- Appendix 1: Application Procedural Flowchart for Clinical Trial
- Appendix 2: Important Notes to Principal Investigator for Human Clinical Trial Intervention
- Appendix 3: REC Application Form for Clinical Research
- Appendix 4: Investigator's Conflict of Interest Declaration Form
- Appendix 5: Indemnity for Clinical Research
- Appendix 6: Clinical Trial Agreement [DRAFT]
- Appendix 8: Informed Consent Statement Checklist & Sample
- Appendix 9: Clinical Research Annual Progress Report Form
- Appendix 10: Clinical Research Final Report Form
- Appendix 11: Clinical Research Protocol Amendment Application Form
- Appendix 12: Serious Adverse Event (SAE) Report Form
The Governance Structure
Research Ethics Committee (REC) and the three panels
The REC primarily performs the functions of policy review and development relating to research ethics, as well as the review of complaints and appeals. For handling applications of research ethics, three panels are formed:
- The Clinical Research Ethics Panel;
- Human (non-clinical) Research Ethics Panel; and
- Animal Research Ethics Panel
Ethics Application Procedures
The three panels handle all ethics/safety applications on a centralized and rolling basis, and help facilitate the ethics clearance within a reasonable timeframe.
General applications for ethics/safety clearance should be submitted via the Research Projects System on Buniport. Please refer to the Guidance Notes on Online Submission of a REC Application for details.
Student projects at all levels which require relevant ethics/safety approval should apply for ethical clearance from their Faculty/Department concerned. It is the responsibility of both the Principal Supervisors/Course Instructors and students to ensure that such ethical approval has been obtained prior to any research work taking place.
The duly completed applications should be submitted to the Dean/Director of the respective Faculty/School/Academy for approval. Approved applications of research projects should be sent to the Research Office via Faculty/School/Academy for record on a semester-based basis.
- REC Application Form – Ethics/Animal – Student (internal only)
REC Application Form – Ethics/Human – Student (Full Review) (internal only)
- REC Application Form – Ethics/Human – Student (Fast Track Review) (internal only)
- REC Application Form – Ethics/Safety – Student (internal only)