Please read the National Health and Medical Research Council, National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, 2007 before you begin a human ethics application.
The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) reviews low risk and negligible risk applications on a continuous basis.
Low risk research is defined as research in which the only foreseeable risk is one of discomfort. Discomforts include, for example, minor side-effects of medication, the discomfort of measuring blood pressure or the anxiety induced by an interview.
Negligible risk research is defined as research in which there is no foreseeable risk of harm or discomfort; and any foreseeable risk is no more than inconvenience. Examples of inconvenience may include filling in a form, participating in a street survey, or giving up time to participate in research.
The following types of research require a full Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) review:
These forms can also be found under Forms and Downloads.
Please see Overview of Application Submission Process for an overview of submission requirements.
Please also read the Guidelines to Complete a Human Research Ethics Application (PDF, 97 KB) before you attempt to draft your application. Once you have a draft ready and your Supervisor/s (if applicable) is satisfied with the document, you need to forward the application to a Human Ethics Advisor for review.
Once the Human Ethics Advisor has signed and approved the application ready for submission, send the completed application to the appropriate Dean of College/Delegate for signing.
A complete application ready for submission consists of:
Human Ethics, Research Office
Room 128, Faculty Science & Engineering Building 17
James Cook University QLD 4811
Please note: The HREC will review the low/negligible risk application as soon as possible after submission and notifications will be released between 5-7 working days after the HREC review.
Any incomplete applications or applications submitted without the appropriate signatures will not be submitted to the HREC for review.
THE HREC DOES NOT GRANT RETROSPECTIVE APPROVAL