Ethics

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Where do I go to find information on how to obtain an ethics approval?Who should I contact if I have an ethics query?Where is the ethics office at JCU?Where do I go to find information on how to obtain a human ethics approval?What do I do if I have received ethics approval from another Human Research Ethics Committee or Health Service District HREC?

How do I get permission to conduct research in schools in Queensland?
Do I need ethics approval if I am only observing participants or administering a survey?Where do I go to find information on how to obtain an animal ethics approval?Do I need animal ethics approval for observational studies?Are there guidelines on how to euthanize animals used in scientific research projects?If I am a researcher from an external organisation, can I use the JCU Animal Ethics Committee to review my research?

Where do I go to find information on how to obtain an ethics approval?

Visit the Research Services website and select an option (i.e. animal, human, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research) under the heading “ethics and integrity”.

Who should I contact if I have an ethics query?

Contact Human Ethics Officer, Ext 16575, ethics@jcu.edu.uau or

Animal Ethics Officer, Ext 14484, ethics@jcu.edu.au

Where is the ethics office at JCU?

The ethics office and staff are located at: Research Services, Room 128, DB017, James Cook University, Townsville, Qld, 4811.

Human Ethics Approvals

Where do I go to find information on how to obtain a human ethics approval?

Visit the web page.

What do I do if I have received ethics approval from another Human Research Ethics Committee or Health Service District HREC?

If your project has already received approval from a Health Service District HREC or any external 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.

Do I need ethics approval if I am only observing participants or administering a survey?

Yes, you do – visit the human ethics web pages for further information.

Animal Welfare and Ethics Approval

Where do I go to find information on how to obtain an animal ethics approval?

Visit the Animal Welfare and Ethics web pages.

Do I need animal ethics approval for observational studies?

You may need ethics approval for observational studies, as you might be disturbing habitats of other species. See the web link above for guidelines and details.

Are there guidelines on how to euthanize animals used in scientific research projects?

Yes, there are specific guidelines for euthanasia of different types of animals.

If I am a researcher from an external organisation, can I use the JCU Animal Ethics Committee to review my research?

If your organisation is registered as a scientific user of animals with Biosecurity Queensland, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry, you may use the JCU Animal Ethics Committee. You will need to provide your scientific use number with the animal ethics application and sign a non-affiliated institutional agreement to access the AEC.

If you are affiliated with JCU (i.e. an Adjunct Professor, Research Fellow, a student from another organisation formally supervised by a JCU staff member) you may be able to work under JCU’s scientific use registration. You must provide written evidence of the affiliation with the animal ethics application.