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 following types of research require review by a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC):
All research that involves more than low risk:
Research falling under the following chapters of the National Statement:
Chapter 3.3: Interventions and therapies, including clinical and non-clinical trials and innovations;
Chapter 3.5: Human genetics
Chapter3.6: Human stem cells
Chapter 4.1: Women who are pregnant and the human foetus
Chapter 4.4: People highly dependent on medical care who may be unable to give consent
Chapter 4.5: People with a cognitive impairment, an intellectual disability or mental illness
Chapter 4.6: People who may be involved in illegal activities ( (except for those projects that only involve the collect ion of non-identifiable data and involve negligible risk)
Chapter 4.7: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Chapter 4.8: People in other countries (except where the risk to participants is low/negligible risk and/or the project does not involve participants who could be considered a vulnerable group in the context of the project)
A human research ethics application consists of:
JCU Human Research Ethics Application Form
JCU Information sheet (if applicable)
JCU Informed consent form (if applicable)
Attachments (draft or final copies of surveys, questionnaires, letters of support/approval
These forms can all be found under Forms and Downloads:
You can also use the National Health and Medical Research Council’s National Ethics Application Form for submission to the James Cook University HREC. It is recommended that this form be used if you are conducting any research that requires multi-institutional/multi-health service district approvals.
Please read the Guidelines to Complete a Human Research Ethics Application 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. This review can take time, so please take note of the Closing Dates for submission of Ethics Applications.
Once the Human Ethics Advisor has signed and approved the application ready for submission:
A complete application ready for submission consists of:
A signed original application (signed by Principal Investigator, Supervisor/s (if applicable), Dean of College/Delegate and Human Ethics Advisor plus 1 photocopy and one electronic copy in pdf format (application form and attachments in one pdf document)
Human Ethics (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Faculty Science & Engineering Building (DB017)
James Cook University Qld 4811
Please note: Any human research ethics application received after the closing date for a meeting will be held over to the next meeting of the Human Research Ethics Committee.
Any incomplete applications or applications submitted without the appropriate signatures will not be submitted to the HREC for review.
The HREC meets once a month (last Wednesday of the month) to review applications. Resolutions of the HREC are released 7-10 working days after the meeting date.
PLEASE NOTE: THE HREC DOES NOT GRANT RETROSPECTIVE APPROVAL