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Human Research Ethics

In Victoria, there are two parallel systems that regulate human research: clinical trial research and non-clinical trial research.

Details about research that includes clinical trials can be found at Clinical Trail Research.

Non-clinical trail research involves applying to Human Research Ethics Committees (HREC) at the Victorian Department of Health (DH) and elsewhere. Find out more information about applying from the Department of Health Human Research Ethics Committee (DH HREC).

The following definitions are for your guidance when deciding how to apply for HREC review of a research project.

Interstate Mutual Acceptance

The Victorian and Queensland Departments of Health, and the NSW Ministry of Health have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to introduce mutual acceptance of ethical and scientific review in public hospitals regarding multicentre, clinical trials being conducted in more than one of these states.

Mutual acceptance for multi-centre clinical trials commenced on Monday 24 October 2011 for Queensland and Victoria. NSW commenced mutual acceptance from 1 February 2012.

A national initiative to harmonise ethical review of multi-centre research is being developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Harmonisation of Multi-centre Ethical Review (HoMER).