Human Research Closing Dates

HREC - More than low risk closing dates
  • HREC Executive - the HREC Executive meet on a weekly basis. Applications are due by 5pm on Tuesday for consideration on Thursday. The final HREC Executive meeting for 2019 is scheduled for the 19th December, application close on the 17th December. The first HREC Executive meeting for 2020 is scheduled for the 16th January, applications close 14th January.

The decision recorded by the HREAP or HREC during a meeting determine the review process (if any) following the meeting. Below is a summary:

Approved:  If your application is approved outright you may commence your research project. You may have conditions of approval to meet*

Subject To: your application has not been approved. You are required to make some revisions to your application and resubmit your updated application, following the resubmission requirements outlined in the outcome notification letter. A decision with subject to requires the applicant to:

  • Clarify questions raised by the HREC or HREAP during the review.
  • Requests by the HREC or HREAP to revise any items in the application form, project description or the recruitment materials.
  • Provide final versions of data collection tools and or recruitment.

Applications that receive a "subject to" decision upon resubmission can reviewed by the Executive which meets weekly:

  • HREAP Executive applications close 5pm on a Tuesday for review at the meeting the following Tuesday.
  • HREC Executive applications close 5pm on a Tuesday for review at the meeting on Thursday of the same week.

Deferred: Your application has not been approved. You are required to make considerable revisions to your application and resubmit your application, following the resubmission requirements outlined in the outcome notification letter.  Your resubmission is reviewed by the full HREAP/HREC at its next monthly meeting. Closing dates for the various HREAP/HRECs are available on the Human Research Closing Dates webpage.

Rejected: Your application has not been approved and elements have been deemed to be unethical. Your research project will not receive ethical approval in its current form. You will be provided with information as to why the research protocol has been deemed unethical. If you intend to proceed with the research, you are required to submit a new application taking into account the reasons outlined in the outcome notification letter.

* Conditions of approval: Conditions can be included to allow the research to commence. Examples of conditions include organisational Letters of Support, Therapeutic Goods Administration Clinical Trial Notification, Site Authorisation, Good Clinical Practice Evidence of Training, Evidence of clinical trial registration or a governance related documentation.

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HREAP Executive - Negligible Risk closing dates
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