Royal Perth Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee

Human Research Ethics Committees (HREC) review research proposals involving human participants to ensure that they are ethically acceptable and in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council's National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated 2018) (external link). HRECs also monitor the conduct of research projects until completion to ensure they conform to ethical requirements.

All human research conducted within East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) must undergo ethical and scientific review, approval and monitoring by either a WA Health HREC or a National Health and Medical Research Council certified HREC (under the National Mutual Acceptance (NMA) scheme).

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 or the NMA scheme. 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 site governance review.

When planning a new research project, it is highly advisable to speak to the EMHS Ethics Coordinator or Administrative Officer to confirm the submission requirements for your project. Designing your project to be consistent with the ethical principles enshrined in the National Health and Medical Research Council's National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated 2018) (external link) is as fundamental to good research practice as having a high quality protocol, testable hypotheses or a solid statistical analysis plan. If you have any questions about the ethics of your proposed project, you should consult the EMHS Ethics Coordinator as early as possible during project development.

General queries can be made via EMHS.REG@health.wa.gov.au.

All applications to the Royal Perth Hospital HREC are made online via the Research Governance Service and pre-reviewed by the EMHS 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.

Last Updated: 08/05/2019