On submission, your ethics application will be forwarded electronically to the Ethics Secretary for review.
The Ethics Secretary will check that you have completed the application correctly before determining the level of risk associated with the research project. The risk level will determine which HREC reviews your application.
If the Ethics Secretary is satisfied, they will forward your application to the relevant HREC where it will undergo a formal review. You will be notified by email when your application proceeds to formal review. This email will notify you of the risk level assessment.
After your application has been reviewed, the Ethics Secretary will notify you of the feedback. There are four possible outcomes from the first stage of formal review:
- 'Approved' - if your application is approved outright you may commence your research project.
- 'Amendments Required' - your application has not been approved. You are required to make some revisions to your application. Once resubmitted, the application is reviewed by the Chair of the HREC.
- 'Withheld' - your application has not been approved. You are required to make considerable revisions to your application. Once resubmitted, the application is reviewed by the entire HREC.
- '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.
For 'Amendments Required' and 'Withheld' applications, the specific revisions you are required to make will be communicated to you online. This is done through the 'Comments' function in Quest.
Once you have revised your application accordingly, you will need to resubmit your application to the Ethics Secretary who will forward your revised application to the HREC or Chair where it will undergo a second formal review.
Your application may be approved following the second formal review, or you may be required to make some further changes. Again, if you required to make revisions this will be communicated to you online through the 'Comments' function. If your application is approved then you will be notified by email.
Remember, you cannot commence your research project until you have received formal approval from the HREC.
Once your Ethics Application is formally approved, you will receive approval for a period of two (2) years.