External Ethics Approval

External Ethics Approval Established in Australia

UNSW Staff, Students, and Researchers: If ethics approval with an NHMRC-registered Australian HREC has been established for a human research project additional UNSW human ethics approval is not required. However, UNSW staff and research students are required to register the external approval.

Non-UNSW Staff, Students, and Researchers conducting research on a UNSW campus or where recruitment involves staff, students, or researchers must register the external approval by sending documents as specified below along with a letter of support from the faculty or head of school confirming their agreement for the research to proceed. 

External Ethics Approval Established Overseas

If ethics approval with an overseas international review board/ethics committee has been established additional UNSW Human ethics approval is not required if:

  • Participants within Australia will not be recruited;
  • UNSW will not be responsible for the conduct of the research at an Australian site;
  • A UNSW researcher, staff member, or student will not be responsible for fieldwork, recruitment, or data collection overseas. 

Submission Requirements

To register your external ethics, follow the iRECS External Ethics Approval Registration Instructions.