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Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) ETHICAL ISSUES CHECKLIST FOR HUMAN RESEARCH ETHICAL ISSUES CHECKLIST FOR HUMAN RESEARCH Who should use this checklist and why? University staff, students enrolled in the University and persons in any way associated with or sponsored by the University who are involved in a human research project must ensure that the project has undergone the appropriate level of ethical review before it can commence. Ethical review is undertaken by the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) at various levels. The following information and checklist is designed to assist researchers when determining the appropriate level of ethical review for the project. What is a human research project? Human research is research conducted with or about people, or their data or tissue. It can be broadly understood to include, but is not limited to: taking part in surveys, interviews or focus groups; undergoing psychological, physiological or medical testing or treatment; being observed by researchers; the collection and use of participants' body organs, tissues or fluids; and accessing health and medical records, personal documents or other materials. Research involving people must comply with current ethical standards. In Australia, these ethical standards are set by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Researchers should be familiar with the relevant publications of the NHMRC and all human research must comply with the: National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) NHMRC Values and Ethics - Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research NHMRC Guidelines Under section 95 and section 95A of the Privacy Act 1988. University staff and students in the practice of their research must be aware of and adhere to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2007 . Note: all researchers proposing to conduct surveys with University staff, students or Alumni as participants must also comply with the University’s Survey Framework administered by the Survey Reference Group (SRG). This approval process is independent of the HREC. For more information refer to https://www.adelaide.edu.au/learning/reviews/surveys/ Levels of ethical review Research projects with different levels of risk to participants are subject to different requirements for review. References to 'NS' are to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007). A risk is a potential for harm, discomfort or inconvenience. It involves: the likelihood that any harm (or discomfort or inconvenience) will occur; and the severity of the harm, including its consequences.
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