All students conducting research as part of their studies in the School are required to seek ethical clearance from the School’s Ethical Review Committee.
For applications that are straightforward, well-written and easily reviewed, students should expect a four week turn-around time for processing of applications.
Amendments to approved ethical clearance applications are not encouraged. Students should have a very clear research plan in place before submitting an ethics application. This is why the committee prefers Research Higher Degree candidates (MPhil/PhD) to complete their confirmation milestone before submitting their ethics application. Of course there are times in a research project where the direction changes and amendments to ethical procedures need to be made to take account of these changes.
The function of school evaluation is not the review of protocols involving a higher risk. On reviewing the proposal, the School may accept the proposal as it is, or recommend some changes before passing it, or require the protocol to be amended in order to reduce the risk to within the threshold level. Alternatively, if the School considers the risk to be above the prescribed level, or considers it prudent in the circumstances for an institutional ethics committee to review the protocol (eg. because the research is of a particularly sensitive nature or the study population is a particularly vulnerable group), then the application may be referred to the appropriate institutional committee, such as the Behavioural and Social Sciences Ethical Review Committee.
Students should submit the completed application to the RHD Administrative Officer, who will pass it to the RHD Coordinator for review. Students should ensure that any participant consent forms, participant information sheets and survey instruments are submitted with the application. Participant information should appear on School letterhead or bear the UQ logo. Upon request, School administrative officers can supply letterhead or branding for this requirement. The RHD Administrative Officer will inform the student of the outcome.
The Application form linked below incorporates a checklist to assist with preparation and submission.
Application for Ethical Clearance - RHD section

Preparing an Application for Ethics Approval

Ethical Clearance application form

Amendments to Approved Ethics Proposals form

Human Ethics Policies and Legislation

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