Ensuring research involving people follows ethical standards
BDHP is committed to the highest standards of research ethics and integrity. Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) review research applications to make sure the research treats people ethically. This means treating them with respect, dignity and care and that the outcomes of the research is of benefit.
Most of our Partners have Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) that review research proposals involving humans to ensure that they meet ethical standards and guidelines. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) certifies HRECs for specific types of research, ranging from clinical trials to paediatric research.
Within the BDHP partnership, six HRECs are NHMRC-certified for the National Mutual Acceptance Scheme (NMA). This scheme supports a single scientific and ethical review for multi-centre human research. This means that one HREC can review a research proposal for multiple sites. However, there may be some exceptions, e.g. for research at private hospitals.
Here is a current list of BDHP Partners and the type of research they are certified for.
HRECs meet on set dates throughout the year to consider research proposals. You can find a list of Queensland Health HREC information and meeting dates here. For dates of other BDHP Partners HREC meetings please see the links below.