WA Health Research Governance Policy and Procedures

Applicable to: The policy and procedures applies to: all persons employed in WA Health (including visiting medical officers, visiting health professionals, contractors, consultants, agents and volunteers) and: non-WA Health employees (including clinical and non-clinical university academics) who propose to undertake, manage, review and govern human research; and/or access WA Health participants, their tissue or their data.

Description: The WA Health Research Governance Policy and Procedures 2012 has been implemented to ensure that all human research conducted within WA Health meets the highest ethical, scientific, regulatory and professional governance standards; and complies with relevant national and State legislation, guidelines and codes of conduct. The policy establishes the research governance framework through which research is reviewed, approved, conducted and monitored in an effective and efficient manner.

To be read in conjunction with: OD 0446/13 WA Health Research Governance and Single Ethical Review Standard Operating Procedures

WA Health Research Governance Policy and Procedures

In order to effectively manage the scientific, ethical and governance review, approval, conduct and monitoring of human research, WA Health has developed a Research Governance Framework which is outlined in the WA Health Research Governance Policy and Procedures.

The development of a Research Governance Framework was identified as a priority by the Director General of Health. The WA Health Research Governance Policy and Procedures 2012 were developed in consultation with key stakeholders across WA Health.

The purpose of the policy is to ensure all human research that takes place in WA Health has under gone research governance which consists of ethical, scientific and governance review. This is to ensure that human research:

  • is ethically and scientifically sound;
  • is conducted by authorised personnel with appropriate professional qualifications, credentials and institutional approvals;
  • is conducted in a safe and responsible manner according to regulatory and professional standards and complies with relevant national and State legislation, guidelines and codes of conduct;
  • ethical and governance review and monitoring is transparent, accountable, minimises duplication, risk and is conducted in an efficient and timely manner; and
  • is authorised by the Chief Executive or delegate before commencement.

The policy and procedures applies to:

  • all persons employed in WA Health (including visiting medical officers, visiting health professionals, contractors, consultants, agents and volunteers); and
  • non-WA Health employees (including clinical and non-clinical university academics) who propose to undertake, manage, review and govern human research; and/or access WA Health participants, their tissue or their data.

It is the responsibility of managers to ensure that all staff have access to a copy of the WA Health Research Governance Policy and Procedures 2012. The Department of Health and Health Services must establish adequate resources, structures and practices (including Research Policies and Standard Operating Procedures) consistent with the implementation of this framework.


Mr Kim Snowball
DIRECTOR GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WA

Date of effect: 20 November 2012 to 20 November 2017

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