Health Service Districts and External HREC Approvals

Research Services Ethics & Integrity Human Ethics Health Service Districts and External HREC Approvals

All ethics applications for research involving patients (whether they reside in hospital or in the community) of a Health Service District should be reviewed by the appropriate Health Service District Human Research Ethics Committee. James Cook University HREC is unable to approve access to patients of health service districts. Please contact the Ethics Officer of the relevant Health Service District for advice on submission of ethics applications.

Contact details Queensland Health Service Districts HRECs can be found at:

http://www.health.qld.gov.au/ohmr/html/regu/hrec_contacts.asp

If your project has already received approval from a Health Service District HREC or any external HREC, you must forward:

The JCU ethics cover sheet titled ‘cover sheet external HREC approval’;

One (1) copy of the ethics application submitted to the external HREC (including signature pages, informed consent forms and information sheets, and any other attachments);

The approval notice from the external HREC; and

Any requested amendments, your response and any other correspondence.

Please also submit an electronic copy of the application. The application MUST be submitted in ONE pdf document, i.e. application and all attachments in one pdf document.

To: Human Ethics, ethics@jcu.edu.au, (07)4781 5011, Research Office, James Cook University, Townsville, Qld 4811

In accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, 2007, as your project has already been reviewed by a HREC, the JCU HREC will accept the decisions of these committees and release a JCU ethics acknowledgement after a brief internal check of the above documentation.