The Office for Research has monthly deadlines for submission of new research project applications for review by the Melbourne Health Human Research Ethics Committee.
2018 HREC submission and meeting dates - 1 pm deadline
|Submission date||HREC Meeting|
|Wednesday 31 January||Wednesday 14 February|
|Wednesday 28 February||Wednesday 14 March|
|Monday 26 March||Wednesday 11 April|
|Monday 23 April||Wednesday 9 May|
|Wednesday 30 May||Wednesday 13 June|
Wednesday 27 June
|Wednesday 11 July|
|Wednesday 25 July||Wednesday 8 August|
|Wednesday 29 August||Wednesday 12 September|
|Wednesday 26 September||Wednesday 10 October|
|Wednesday 31 October||Wednesday 14 November|
|Wednesday 28 November* - Allocation exhausted. Do not submit unless you have email approval from the Office for Research|
Wednesday 12 December
All allocations of ethics submissions to the MH HREC December meeting have been exhausted
The Melbourne Health HREC capped the number of submissions that were to be accepted for review to the December meeting to 25 (15 non-commercial studies; 10 commercial studies). In the first instance, places were allocated to people who had already obtained a HREC Project Number.
Q. I've missed out, what are my options?
A1. Submit to another reviewing NMA HREC
If you missed a spot for the December 2018 HREC meeting, we encourage you to contact another reviewing National Mutual Acceptance (NMA) Human Research Ethics Committee. Details can be found via the Victorian Department of Health webpage: https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/about/clinical-trials-and-research/clinical-trial-research/hrec-applications-for-clinical-trials-and-research.
A2. Submit to a subsequent meeting in 2019
Alternatively, you can submit your project to a subsequent Melbourne Health HREC meeting in 2019. If you choose to do this, you will need to obtain a new “2019” Melbourne Health local reference number i.e. 2018.999. To obtain a 2019 MH local reference number, please contact the MH Research Office on: (03) 9342 7098.
For 2019 ethics submission deadline dates, please see: https://www.thermh.org.au/research/researchers/ethics/hrec-meeting-dates-deadlines.
2019 HREC submission and meeting dates - 11 am deadline
|Submission date||Meeting date|
|Wednesday 30 January||Wednesday 13 February|
|Wednesday 27 February||Wednesday 13 March|
|Wednesday 27 March||Wednesday 10 April|
|Wednesday 1 May||Wednesday 15 May|
|Wednesday 29 May||Wednesday 12 June|
|Wednesday 26 June||Wednesday 10 July|
|Wednesday 31 July||Wednesday 14 August|
|Wednesday 28 August||Wednesday 11 September|
|Wednesday 25 September||Wednesday 9 October|
|Wednesday 30 October||Wednesday 13 November|
|Wednesday 27 November||Wednesday 11 December|
Submission of a new research project by the 11.00 a.m. deadline is not a guarantee that a project will be accepted for review by the HREC at its next meeting.
Following the submission deadline each month, all projects received will be carefully checked to ensure that projects meet the criteria required to allow a thorough review of the project. Any project not meeting these criteria in full will not be accepted for review at the next HREC meeting and will be returned to the principal researcher for attention.
Research governance or site specific assessment
There is no deadline for governance applications. Complete and submit your research governance application as early as possible.
Protocol amendments, replies to queries and serious adverse event reports
There is no deadline for these items and can be submitted at any time. Correspondence will be reviewed by the relevant project Spokesperson(s) as soon as possible after it is received. Final approval will be determined at the next scheduled meeting of the Human Research Ethics Committee following review by the Spokesperson(s).