All research in Australia involving human participants is reviewed by an independent group called a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is constituted and operated in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007.

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About the Royal Melbourne Hospital HREC

The RMH Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is an NHMRC-accredited ethics committee and is qualified to review applications for the approval of clinical trials.

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Submit an ethics application for review

All research studies must be submitted for ethical review before a study can be given approval to start.

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HREC meeting dates & deadlines

The Office for Research has monthly deadlines for submission of new research project applications for review by the RMH Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

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Consent process for research involving people without decision-making capacity

The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (Vic) provides a framework for making decisions about medical treatment when people do not have the capacity to make their own decisions.

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Research involving ionising radiation

Researchers proposing to expose research participants to ionising radiation should provide information that allows consent to be properly considered by research participants.

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Streamlined ethics & governance review

RMH entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with 11 partner organisations to streamline and harmonise ethical and governance review of all multicentre human health research.

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Accessing unapproved therapeutic products

The Office for Research assists medical practitioners to provide patients with access to products that have not been approved for use in Australia.

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Diabetes and Endocrinology research nurse with patient in Clinical Trials Centre

About clinical trials

We need clinical trials to prove that new treatments are safe and effective for people to use. They are essential to the discovery of new medications and devices, neither of which can be approved for use in Australia without clinical trials.

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Office for Research
(03) 9342 8548
The RMH Parkville
Level 2 South West
300 Grattan St, Parkville, Victoria
Last updated 14 March 2023