Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Human Research Ethics Committee

Research at the WCHN

Human Research Ethics

The Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN) Human Research Ethics Committee's (HREC) responsibilities are outlined in its Terms of Reference. The HREC has responsibility to review, and where appropriate, approve research or audit projects involving patients, patients’ families, patient tissue, patient information, and/or WCHN staff.

Protocols involving a drug or therapeutic substance are also reviewed by the Drug and Therapeutics (DTC) Clinical Trials Group (CTG). The DTCCTG is an advisory and recommending body to the WCHN HREC. Its responsibilities are outlined in its Terms of Reference.

Before commencing a research project or audit, approval must be obtained from the WCHN HREC. In addition, WCH page link iconresearch governance approval is required for all research projects before they may commence.

The WCHN HREC is a NHMRC certified Committee that operates in accordance with the principles set out in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. The National Statement is produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC); for more information on the NHMRC visit their website at http://www.nhmrc.gov.au.

For more information regarding submissions to the WCHN HREC see the relevant link below:

  1. HREC and DTC CTG 2017 Timelines and Meeting Dates
  2. WCH page link iconHREC Submission of Documentation
  3. WCH page link iconNational Ethics Application form (NEAF) submissions
  4. WCH page link iconLow and Negligible Risk (LNR) submissions
  5. WCH page link iconMulti-centre research: NEAF and LNR submissions – single ethical review
  6. Word iconProtocol Amendments
  7. WCH page link iconAudit submissions
  8. WCH page link iconComplaints/concerns
  9. WCH page link iconAlternate Contact Form / Information sheet
  10. WCH page link iconContact WCHN HREC
  11. WCH page link iconHREC and related forms/documents/policies

NEAF and the transition to the HREA

As part of the initiative to streamline ethics approval, NHMRC has developed the Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) as a replacement for the National Ethics Application Form (NEAF).

The NHMRC has advised it will be decommissioning the NEAF on 30 June 2017.  All SA public health system Human Research Ethics Committees currently accept the NEAF created using the Online Forms system.  The Online Forms NEAF will continue to be available until such time as the system is updated to incorporate the Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) form. 

For National Mutual Acceptance (NMA) studies being submitted to a certified SA Health HREC for ethical and scientific review, it is recommended that the Online Forms NEAF continues to be used for the present time.  Any variation from that needs to be discussed with the Executive Officer and/or Chair of the WCHN HREC to ensure this can be accommodated. For other studies, and until further notice, please contact the HREC Executive Officer directly to confirm ethics form requirements.

last modified: 19 May 2017