Reduced services and office closure December 2020 – January 2021

Melbourne Health HREC December 2020 meeting

The final Melbourne Health HREC meeting for 2020 is scheduled for Wednesday, 9th December 2020. We are anticipating a large number of applications for this meeting and advise that the submission criteria will be applied strictly and in full, without exception. It is essential that anyone intending to submit an ethics application for review at the December HREC meeting notes the following information regarding project submissions:

  • The December submission deadline is strictly 11.00 am AEST, Wednesday 25 November.
  • Submissions received after this time will not be accepted.
  • Submissions which do not comply in full with all required and applicable submission requirements will not be accepted.
  • Researchers are strongly encouraged to ensure that their applications adhere to the instructions on the Office for Research website and that all required documentation is submitted and in the format required (e.g. full application by email and full application uploaded onto ERM).
  • Any application received by the deadline but missing relevant documents or otherwise not fully compliant with submission requirements will not be accepted.
  • Researchers are strongly encouraged to carefully check their applications and submit them as early as possible and before the deadline. This will allow projects to be reviewed in a timely manner prior to the meeting and provide an opportunity for any problems identified to be addressed prior to the deadline.
  • HREC meeting dates for 2021 are available on the HREC Meeting Dates and Deadline page on Office for Research website.

Office closure December 2020 – January 2021

The Office will close for business from 11.00 am Wednesday, 23 December 2020 and reopen on Monday, 4 January 2021. Please see deadline dates below for submissions to the Office for Research and HREC:

  • Closing date for new Quality Assurance applications: 4 December 2020.
  • Closing date for new Governance applications: Monday 14 December 2020.
  • Budget review services and invoice requests may be submitted at any time, however requests received after Monday14 December may not be actioned until early/mid-January 2021.
  • The deadline for the February 2021 meeting of the HREC is 11.00 am, Wednesday 27 January 2021
  • Other correspondence, including amendments, safety reports and replies to ethics and governance queries, can be submitted at any time but please note that reviews may take longer than usual.

Urgent matters, for example issues impacting patient safety and wellbeing, will be reviewed as soon as possible – researchers are asked to contact the Office for Research via telephone on (03) 9342 8530 to ensure that urgent matters are brought to the attention of the appropriate team member so they can be reviewed and actioned in a timely manner.