Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) review research proposals involving human participants to ensure that they are ethically acceptable and in accordance with the NHMRC “National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research
” 2007 (external link). HRECs also monitor the conduct of research projects until completion to ensure they conform to ethical requirements.
All human research conducted in WA Health must undergo ethical and scientific review, approval and monitoring by a WA Health HREC.
The EMHS has one HREC, the Royal Perth Hospital HREC, but also accepts the ethical review of other WA Health HRECs under the WA Health Single Ethical Review process. If your project already has approval from a WA Health HREC you do not need to submit the project to the RPH HREC. You will still need to submit a Site Specific Assessment (SSA) Form for EMHS research governance review.
All new submissions for ethical review should be submitted by email: EMHS.REG@health.wa.gov.au
Hardcopy submissions are not required.
When planning a new research project or ethics submission, it is highly advisable to speak to the EMHS Ethics Coordinator or Administrative Officer to confirm the submission requirements for your project.
All applications are reviewed by the Ethics Coordinator and feedback provided prior to the HREC meeting. Research ethics reviews are a collaborative process between the researcher and the HREC and the collaboration should begin prior to the formal submission and while the project is being reviewed by the HREC Coordinator.