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About iRECS

iRECS is the incoming online research ethics and compliance system at UNSW. It will enable a whole-of-life research ethics and compliance approach, from application to committee review through to project closure. 

iRECS will cater for human research ethics, clinical trials governance, animal research ethics, gene technology, biologically regulated materials, and radiation research safety projects across UNSW. It will replace all existing systems for Animal Ethics, Human Ethics, Gene Technology, and Radiation Safety.

The iRECS Project Team are actively collaborating with key stakeholders across UNSW to ensure the iRECS system will be effective, fit-for-purpose and well-accepted by its user base. 

Please check this site for regular updates and do not hesitate to contact RECS via the Director RECS, Dr Ted Rohr (E: ted.rohr@unsw.edu.au M: 0417 844 054) on how to engage with us.

 

Latest Announcement

Upcoming Shift to iRECS for Human Ethics | February 2023

Issued: 1 February 2022

The Research Ethics and Compliance Support team is excited to announce the shift of all Human Ethics and Clinical Trials application, review and compliance reporting to iRECS in mid-2023.

The following is what you can expect moving forward:

  • What is iRECS?

iRECS is the incoming online research ethics and compliance system at UNSW. It will enable a whole-of-life approach, from application to committee review through to project closure.

iRECS will cater for human research ethics, clinical trials governance, animal research ethics, gene technology, biologically regulated materials, and radiation research safety projects across UNSW. It will replace all existing processes for Animal Ethics, Human Ethics, Gene Technology, and Radiation Safety.

  • Why iRECS?

By enabling a whole-of-life approach on a single platform, iRECS will provide a simpler and more effective way to manage research ethics application submission, review and reporting.

  • What is happening?

The Gene Technology & Radiation Safety iRECS modules were launched on 18 January 2023. We are in the process of developing the Human Ethics iRECS module and will involve the Human Ethics User Group in the development and testing process. We will keep the UNSW research community updated on the progress.

  • What do I need to do?

Please follow the existing application submission & review processes until further notice.

  • Where can I find further information and support?

Navigate through the iRECS Information webpage for further info on background and timeline. You can contact RECS at humanethics@unsw.edu.au for Human Ethics and Clinical Trials submission/review advice.

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iRECS Roll Out Plan

iRECS will replace existing systems for Gene Technology, Radiation Safety, Human Ethics, and Animal Ethics. 

The roll-out of the iRECS Gene Technology, Radiation Safety, Human Ethics, and Animal Ethics modules will be done in a staggered manner (three phases), with each phase consisting of four key stages: 

  1. Build: Phase of the project where ethics forms and processes are being built in iRECS
  2. Demonstrate/Refinement: Phase of the project where end users (administrators, applicants, reviewers) are demonstrated iRECS in action and provide feedback. Refinements are made to the tool where necessary.
  3. Data Migration: Phase of the project where current/active ethics records are mapped and migrated from existing systems into iRECS.
  4. Go-Live: The date that iRECS is accessible to users.
Gene Technology & Radiation Safety Human Ethics & Clinical Trials Animal Ethics

Build: Mar – Sep 2022

Demo/Refine: Sept 2022

Data Migration: Oct – Nov 2022

Go-Live: 18 Jan 2023

Build: Apr – Aug 2022 / Jan 2023

Demo/Refine: Feb 2023

Data Migration: Feb 2023 – Apr 2023

Go-Live (Tentative): Q2 2023 

Build: Apr – Aug 2022 / Apr 2023

Demo/Refine: Apr 2023

Data Migration: May – June 2023

Go-Live (Tentative): Q3 2023

 

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iRECS Project Team

Collaboration

iRECS is a collaboration between the UNSW Division of Research & Enterprise and UNSW IT. The team work with the iRECS vendor and broader UNSW stakeholders to implement an effective, fit-for-purpose, easy-to-use research ethics and compliance system at UNSW.

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Support & Further Information

iRECS FAQs and navigation instructions (also available on iRECS upon launch)

       Applicant Portal - Organising Your iRECS Work Area

       Applicant Portal - Navigating iRECS

       Applicant Portal - Navigating iRECS - What happens after submission

      Reviewer Portal - Panel/Committee Member

      Reviewer Portal - DVCRE Review

If you have any iRECS login or technical issues, please contact:

For queries regarding the ethics application submission and/or review process and iRECS training, please contact:

If you would like more information about the project, please contact:

       Dr Ted Rohr, Director RECS

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