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Model for a single ethical and scientific review of multicentre research in New South Wales

Helen E Fraser, Ainsley E Martlew and Deborah J Frew
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (1): 7-8.

A welcome alternative to the current cumbersome and inefficient system

Australia’s system of ethical review of human research is based on a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) publication, the National statement on ethical conduct in research involving humans.1 This statement requires all research involving humans to be reviewed by an appropriately constituted human research ethics committee (HREC), whose primary role is to protect the welfare, rights and dignity of human research participants. It is also a requirement of Australian therapeutic goods legislation that all clinical trials that use unapproved therapeutic goods obtain approval from an HREC.2

  • Helen E Fraser1
  • Ainsley E Martlew2
  • Deborah J Frew3

  • Health Research and Ethics Branch, NSW Health, Sydney, NSW.


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